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Collaborative Reflection at Work: Supporting Informal Learning at a Healthcare Workplace

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Reflection is a common means to improve work: Every day, people think back to past work and - oftentimes in a group - try to find out whether they can improve it or whether they can derive better practices from it. However, especially collaborative reflection is neglected in research and design and consequently, there are hardly any insights on how it takes place in the practice of daily work and how tools can support it. To shed light on these questions, this paper presents a case that has been analyzed in a hospital as part of a series of studies on collaborative reflection in practice. Focusing this case and backing it with the other studies, the paper presents peculiarities and needs of collaborative reflection in healthcare workplaces as well as a more general formalization of collaborative reflection characteristics. Based on these results, an application to support physicians in their reflection was prototyped and tested. The presented results primarily apply to healthcare workplaces, but also cover general findings for the support of collaborative reflection.


Prilla, Michael; Degeling, Martin; Herrmann, Thomas (2012): Collaborative Reflection at Work: Supporting Informal Learning at a Healthcare Workplace. Proceedings of the 2012 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work. DOI: 10.1145/2389176.2389185. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 55–64. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA