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About Us

Reflective Thinking officially started in January 2012. Director Dr. Ahmed Kharrufa had completed a PhD at Newcastle University and this combination of extensive studies into computer supported collaborative learning and 15 years experience in programming led to the beginning of the company.

This fusion of expertise and world-leading research inspired Reflective Thinking's passion for the future of learning. Involved in continuous studies in the sector, the team are at the forefront of innovation in education. The published research papers of these studies have been acknowledged by leading researchers across the world and international press.

At BETT 2013, Reflective Thinking launched their first product: collaborative learning platform Digital Mysteries. The program originates from the paper tool Mysteries, which Professor David Leat created in the 1990s. Paper Mysteries consist of 15-30 paper slips of information with a strong narrative thread on a range of things including people, places, times, phenomena, events and abstract information. Groups are asked an open question which is often supplemented by some closed questions. The process is designed to encourage higher-order thinking.

Reflective Thinking developed this concept into the 21st century version it is today, and due to the academic research behind it, the educational benefits of the software are as well thought out as each and every feature.

The company is already helping students collaborate effectively, increase their 21st century learning skills and perfecting the classroom of tomorrow, today.

Our Vision

Through world class research, create innovative technology that empowers teachers and helps students to become better team players and higher-level thinkers.



Who is in the team?

Ahmed



Ahmed

Dr. Ahmed Kharrufa is the Director of Reflective Thinking. With vast experience in programming and an enthusiasm for technology-enhanced collaborative learning, he created the company in 2012. Dr. Kharrufa is also actively involved in research at Culture Lab, Newcastle University, as a research associate. His research interest is a continuation of his PhD work on digital tabletop technology and technology-enhanced collaborative learning. With this in mind, Reflective Thinking continue to be at the forefront of innovation.

  David



David

Professor David Leat is a consultant to Reflective Thinking. Also now the Director for the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT) at Newcastle University, his interest in thinking skills has developed over the past 20 years through projects on metacognition, Learning2Learn and innovative assessment to focus on Enquiry Based Learning/Curriculum. Professor Leat created the paper tool Mysteries, which forms the origins of Digital Mysteries, in the 1990s alongside the Thinking Through Geography group (authors and secondary school teachers).

Steven



Steven

Steven Teal is the lead software developer at Reflective Thinking. His role was initially to assist Ahmed in some of the development work at the company. However he is now responsible for any improvements and new developments made to our main application, Digital Mysteries, and its companion programs, the Authoring tool and Configuration tool. If you have an improvement to suggest or have found a bug in our applications, get in touch with Steven via support@reflectivethinking.com

  Natalie



Natalie

Natalie Taylor is the Marketing and Sales Manager for Reflective Thinking. This role involves spreading the word about the benefits of technology enhanced collaborative learning in a variety of ways. Natalie manages Reflective Thinking's social media accounts so if you engage with them, you’ll more than likely be chatting with her. If you would like to write a guest e-news piece or blog post then just email Natalie at info@reflectivethinking.com