Coflection – Combining Mutual Support and Facilitation in Technology Enhanced Learning

  • Michael PrillaEmail author
  • Carmen Wolf
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9307)


Coaching and reflection are established methods for learning from experiences and peer support at work. They support people with different means: While coaching is a rather formal, planned, structured and systematic process, reflection is rather informal, spontaneous and emergent. Despite these differences, coaching and reflection may complement each other. This helps to overcome barriers of the respective other method and closes a gap between formal-systematic and informal-self-organized approaches of learning at work. In this paper we ask how this complement can be supported by tools and describe an intertwined concept of reflection and coaching called “coflection”. We identify challenges associated with this concept, we present a prototype and we explain how the concept may solve problems at work by using real-world scenarios. The paper contributes to TEL by providing a concept that enables transitions between formal and informal learning.


Reflection Coaching Coflection 



EmployID ( “Scalable & cost-effective facilitation of professional identity transformation in public employment services” is a research project supported by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Program (project no. 619619). We would like to thank all colleagues and associated partners in the project for their cooperation and our fruitful discussions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ruhr University of BochumBochumGermany
  2. 2.Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany

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