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VLN Reflective Summary Checklist

Use this checklist as a guide for planning and reviewing your VLN reflective summary before submitting to your National Facilitator for approval.

For further support in writing reflective summaries:

  1. Contact the National Facilitator assigned to your cluster  
  2. Read the Goal 5: Sharing online professional reflections: guidelines for clusters document
  3. Be familiar with the ICT PD Online ‘How to upload an ICT PD online reflective summary’ section in the VLN
  4. Browse completed reflective summaries in the VLN.

The checklist is broken into 3 sections:

  1. Content
  2. Writing for the web
  3. Uploading to the VLN


For example

Have you:  

1. Structured your reflective summary to include the following information?


  • Background and context

Year level, cluster type, school, individual or team/department, curriculum area or pedagogical approach, any prior knowledge required by audience.

  • Aims and purpose

Your intentions, alignment with national and cluster goal/s, overview of evidence informing practice, use of self-review models such as the eLearning Planning Framework, links made to current theory/research.

  • Method, interventions and actions

Outline of interventions and action towards reaching the goal/s, and any research/pedagogy/reflective models and frameworks used.

  • Summary of key results

What were the outcomes? What was the impact on students, teachers, principals and whanau? How do you know?

  • Drawn conclusions and identified any recommendations or next steps

What worked well? What did you learn? What will you work on next? What new understandings or new ways of working resulted?

2. Provided direct links, or embeddedmedia, to support, enhance and/or further illustrate the content of the summary?

Ongoing inquiry into practice and professional reflections. Evidence and voice from students, teachers, principals and whanau.

3. Provided a balance between what you did, your reflections on this, and where to next?


4. Interested and engaged the reader making them want to read more?


5. Created the summary for, and is it able to be understood and used by, a wide external audience?

Succinct, concise, easy to read/view, avoiding jargon and abbreviations.

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Writing for Web Features

For example

Have you:  

1. Broken your text up into easily skimmed topics using short paragraphs, bulleted lists, headings and subheadings?  

2. Used spaces between paragraphs to encourage further reading?  

3. Used a sans-serif font with limited bold/italics and no underlining?  

4. Kept a consistent, simple, clean look throughout?  

5. Considered how you can make your resource accessible to all? For example by:
  • Using HTML headings?
  • Applying ALT-text (image descriptions) to images?
  • Including meaningful links that avoid using ‘read more’ or ‘click here’ language?
  • Captioning or including a transcript of any media recordings?

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Uploading to the VLN

For example...

Have you:  

1. Uploaded your resource as a cluster Group Resource?

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2. Provided a title that informs the reader of the context of the summary?

‘Embedding e-Portfolios into Professional Reflection and Practice’

3. Put the summary in the body of the page rather than a link to download a PDF or document?


4. Entered your own tags and the suggested tags (key words) for the resource?

i.e. school type, cluster type/name, goal focus, specific aspects of the curriculum (e.g. learning areas, KCs, Inquiry, pedagogy), year level, gender, culture, ethnicity.

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5. Selected the Reflective Summary subject?


6. Set the Access to the resource as Public? screen capture of access drop down menu

7. Set Write Access to Private or Group?

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8. Confirmed that all copyright, license and permission requirements have been adhered to?

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