The Reflect! Lab develops technologies that support self-correcting reasoning and reflective deliberation in teams.
The Reflect! Platform is its first project. It is supported by a grant for “Fostering self-correcting reasoning with reflection systems” from NSF’s Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program (2016 – 2019), and by two grants from DILAC, the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center in Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College (Aug 2016 – Dec 2017; Aug 2018 – May 2019).
The Reflect! Platform facilitates collaboration on wicked problems. Wicked problems are complex problems whose complexity results from the fact that they can be framed in a number of different ways, depending on who is looking at them. Stakeholders frame wicked problems differently depending on their interests, needs, values, world-views, and background knowledge. Our ability to cope with wicked problems—and with the conflicts they usually create—is crucial for consensus building in the political and corporate world, and for any task that requires collaboration among people with different background. Reflect! can be used in problem-based learning projects (especially in ethics and social science education), by teams of professionals, and by stakeholders in controversies—both in face-to-face deliberation and online.