Moodle and Blooms Taxonomy

Posted: May 19, 2010 in blooms, domains, e-teachuk, education, moodle, muppetmasteruk, technology
I am just putting together the final parts of my latest project linking Moodle to Blooms Revised Digital Taxonomy which I will publish to Lulu in the coming days

 Blooms Taxonomy

 Blooms Taxonomy is a classification of learning objectives used in education. It is derived from the work of Benjamin Bloom et al. “The Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, The Classification of Educational Goals, Handbook I: Cognitive Domain”.
The original books was only intended to focus on the three main domains; the Active, psychomotor and Cognitive domains.

“Within the taxonomy learning at the higher levels is dependent on having attained prerequisite knowledge and skills at lower levels” (Orlich, et al. 2004).

 The goal of this approach was to enable educators to create a more holistic form of education.

Within the three main domains developed a set of six sub-domains, initially as nouns then modified and rearranged using verbs

Blooms Verbs
  • Creating 
  • Evaluating
  • Analysing
  • Applying
  • Understanding
  • Remembering

 Using the main domains and verb associated with these I created a visual map of each set of verbs using Wordle, for example the figure below shows the the verbs associated with Remembering.

Wordle: Understanding

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Following on from Wordle and with the aid of Andrew Church’s (Blooms Digital Approach), I devised a hierarchy type diagram linking Moodle activities and assessment to Blooms Domains. From this platform I hope to design Moodle course using appropriate activities and resources to cover Lower Order Thinking Skills to Higher Order Thinking Skills.

 One thing to remember is that the processes of remembering, understanding are often intrinsic components of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) and there are no hard and fast rules to say you must progress through Blooms Taxonomy from lower order skills to higher order.

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References@

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Benjamin_Bloom
http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/researchskills/dalton.htm
Krathwohl, D. R, Anderson, L. W. (2001) A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives
Blooms Revised Taxonomy Digital Approach (Andrew Church)
http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Bloom%27s+and+ICT+tools

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