What Every College Instructor Needs to KnowI want to share some advice for creating assignments and writing test questions based on the work of Benjamin Bloom, specifically Bloom’s Taxonomy. Bloom’s Taxonomy is well known by many academics. However, unless you have studied education and teaching, you may not be familiar with it. Nevertheless, you should be! Recently, I came across a website entitled TeacherVision®. It focuses on the needs of K-12 teachers, but there is quite a bit of information of value to college instructors. In fact, it has given me some ideas for future posts. This site includes useful information about Bloom's Taxonomy. I recommend it to those of you who wish to learn more about Bloom's Taxonomy basics without getting bogged down by the in-depth explanations one would encounter in a scholarly journal filled with highly academic jargon.
There is nothing wrong with assessing students on what they know. In fact, you should do this. However, if that is all you do, you may be ignoring some of the most important learning outcomes, ones you are expected to help your students achieve. By using verbs like the ones I have provided, you will be able to create richer learning experiences for your students and be able to more accurately assess their achievements. For more information on Bloom's Taxonomy check out Bloom's Taxonomy and Bloom's Taxonomy Basics.
© 2010 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.
Revised September 11, 2010