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The purpose of the action research assignment is use of an Action Research approach in an exploration of the ways to increase students’ engagement in the use of the Colleges Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle.

VLEs or virtual learning environments have been at the forefront of learning technology for much of the 21st century. Forming the back bone of institutional ‘Learning Management Systems’ (LMS); with the commonly accepted driver of this move being the Dearing Report of 1997 and their increased use was encouraged in the Government’s 2005 strategy paper Harnessing technology – transforming learning and children’s services. (Ofsted, 2009).

The rationale behind the research is the perceived decline in the use and student uptake of the VLE by AS Geography Sixth Form students and a national trend in the perceived negative views of VLEs.

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.

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)

Engaging and Motivating Students

Original taken from eLearning Blog // Don’t Waste Your Time …

The basics of learning theory broken down into visually and understandable format.

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