Reflection is a crucial part of the ePortfolio process. In order for an ePortfolio to demonstrate connections, meta-learning, and skills, one must teach their users about reflection. There are many articles that show how to introduce reflective writing to your students (see below); one of the newest approaches to this topic was developed by Dr. Melissa Peet of the University of Michigan … the Generative Knowledge Interviewing process, which uses peer interviewing, active listening, and a specific set of guided/prompted questions that help the user to build their story/reflection. The process is very powerful as it attempts to uncover the tacit knowledge/skills that an individual has through story-telling, interviewing and questioning.

To read more about Dr. Peet’s process, visit the following website:

Cornell has some employees who attended a workshop on this process and are able to help get you and your users started. Just send an email to, include ePortfolios in the subject line of your message, and indicate that you’d like to consult with someone about the process.

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