Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bloom's to Assess Learning and Evaluate Instruction

Bloom's to Assess Learning and Evaluate Instruction

As instructors, it is our responsibility to incorporate current technologies into the curriculum. Irregardless of the current state or national standards that are behind the times already, students need to utilize the Web 2.0 tools effectively.  Many students use the Internet to do lower level thinking activities.  To promote higher level thinking skills, students should use the Internet for more than viewing and receiving information.   Below is a Web2.0 version of Bloom's Taxonomy

The world around us is changing.  Jobs are becoming obsolete, while others are proliferating.   Let's stop fighting the economy and accept change.  In doing so, teachers, trainers, and instructors can prepare students and digitally-illiterate adults for this changing economy and job market. 

The following list provides information on Bloom's Taxonomy.  Although Bloom's Taxonomy is focused on students' cognitive processes, it is essential to utilize when creating instructional objectives, which should be used to assess students' digital work.  Additionally, instruction should be evaluated to judge its effectiveness.  Instruction should be looked at as a hypothesis for accomplishing the overarching instructional goal(s).  A question to become familiar with is, "Was the instruction effective in accomplishing its goal?"  Use the following resources to become much more familiar with Bloom's taxonomy. 
  1. Dr. Leslie Owen Wilson's Page
  2. Kathy Schrock's Google Apps applied to Bloom's
  3. Andrew Church's Bloom's Blog with Various Resources for Objectives and Rubrics
  4. Rex Heer's (2009) A Model of Learning Objectives

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