Design and Implementation of a Web-Based System to Support Collective Reflective Practice

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Alexios Brailas
Konstantinos Koskinas
Giorgos Alexias


The objective of this paper is to describe the design case of a web-based system that aims to facilitate the collective reflective practice of a learning group in an academic setting. The technical infrastructure of the system is fully implemented using free web services, which requires minimum technical knowledge or expertise. A key technical component of the proposed system is a web mash-up hub node that filters and aggregates the relevant posts coming from the participating members’ blogs. The overall design process, including the theoretical inspiration, the context, and the implementation, is presented in full detail. This design case can be utilized to inform and inspire other educators or reflective practitioners to design similar systems.


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Brailas, A., Koskinas, K., & Alexias, G. (2016). Design and Implementation of a Web-Based System to Support Collective Reflective Practice. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 7(3).
Author Biographies

Alexios Brailas

Alexios Brailas (PhD) is an educational psychology researcher contributing research to the Virtual Reality, Internet Research and eLearning Laboratory at the Department of Psychology, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. Through his research he tries to bring insights from complexity theory and practices from group psychotherapy to formal and informal teaching.

Konstantinos Koskinas, Panteion University

Konstantinos Koskinas is Professor at Psychology Department, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. He is the founder and director of the Virtual Reality, Internet Research and eLearning Laboratory.

Giorgos Alexias

George Alexias is Associate Professor at Psychology Department, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. His research interests focus on "Sociology of Health", "Sociology of the Body" and "Genetics and Society". In this context he focuses on the experiential dimension of health and illness, mainly the way the patient "lives" his illness.


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