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Reflective Practice - One Stop Shop

By The Cove October 20, 2021

"If we’re not self-aware, it’s almost impossible to master the skills that make us stronger team players, superior leaders and better relationship builders, either at work or in the rest of our lives" Eurich, T.

Reflective Practice

Numerous training courses across Army are incorporating reflection into their courses and continua. This is because Reflective Practice is the foundation upon which your learning should be considered and periodically reviewed. Through this process, you will validate your thinking, adapt and evolve considerations as circumstances, awareness or technologies change. Here's what Daniel Keighran VC has to say about his own experience as a reflective practitioner.


The Cove's Reflection Tools

At The Cove we belive that reflection is the cornerstone of learning from your own (and potentially others') experiences. With our partners; The Queensland University of Technology and Interserv, The Cove has developed a series of resources designed to help you become a better reflective practitioner. These are:

  • Quick Military Education (QME)
  • Cove+ Compact 
  • Cove+ Reflective Practice Module
  • Reflective Journal App
  • Individual Reflective Journal Hard Copy


QMEs are a series of pre-prepared short learning exercises that consist of a short video (often from a movie) followed by some discussion points. They are designed to create training opportunities for short periods of down time in units with minimal preparation time required. They are a great resource to refer junior leaders to develop their own teams. This QME in particular focuses on Reflection

Cove+ Compact

Have you heard good things about Cove+, but just can't find the time to sit down and complete a unit? Are you a visual learner? We have the answer for you. 

Cove+ Compact are Cove+ units 'compacted' into short videos that provide a synopsis of the unit. This way you can quickly and easily understand the concepts discussed within each Cove+ unit and then, when you do find some time, you can delve more deeply into the material in the Cove+ unit now that you have a basic understanding. Here are the first two Cove+ Compacts on Reflective Practice:  



Cove+ Reflective Practice Module

Now that you know a little bit more about how to conduct Reflective Practice, why not complete the full Reflective Practice unit in Cove+ on ADELE(U) so you can be a truly knowledgeable reflective practitioner! The recommended time for the unit is 10 hours, but most of you will move through it much quicker; especially if you've already seen the Cove+ Compact videos above. Reflection is the foundation for learning in Cove+ so it's the first unit you must complete.



Reflective Journal App

The Cove has developed the Reflective Journal App, which is growing in popularity across Army as a means of recording reflections and creating a reflective habit. The app allows you to record and sort your reflections, as well as create reminders on when to reflect and review your existing reflections. You can download the Reflective Practice app from the App Store for iOS or on Google Play Store for Android devices. Data is stored on your personal device, not a cloud; so your data is for your eyes only. Download the app and create a reflective habit of your own today. 




Individual Reflective Journal Hard Copy

If you're someone who would rather record your thoughts in a paper journal then The Cove has you covered too. Hard copies of The Cove's Individual Reflective Journal are available through Regional Army Education Centre detachments or by emailing soldier.cove [at] We're more than happy to send you out one or more (orders for unit batches welcome too).

A .pdf version of the Individual Reflective Journal can be found below:

PDF icon Individual Reflective Journal .pdf






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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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