Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy


Earlier today I discovered that Andrew Church had applied Bloom's taxonomy to a digital environment.  However, I was a little surprised when I found it was a 75-page document with almost no specific, realistic examples of how these activities have been successfully used (a few great rubrics though).  

At first I considered summarizing the document and picking out what is relevant to UWEC, then I realized this document was taking too many words to describe things that are kind of obvious in a sort of overwhelming way.  At some points, it seemed as if he was stretching to find cool sounding things to list.  

I quickly moved from “understanding” to “evaluating” as I mulled this document over throughout the day.  I thought “why use a blog instead of a discussion in D2L?”  I’m still not sure…maybe in some fields, like communication and journalism, experience blogging is relevant to the profession.  Is it important for the information to be public?  If not, it would probably be easier to use D2L because all of the posts are more easily located. A RSS feed can be used, but then everyone in the class needs to set up an RSS feed and all find each other…is it worth the effort?  And would it just clog any personal RSS feeds?  There is probably a way to separate them…do I just need to learn more about RSS feeds and blogs?  My experience with them goes all the way back to March 21, 2011.  

Does a blog just seem more glamorous than D2L?  Well, a blog is more glamorous than D2L but why make more work for everyone?  

I observed that many of the tools presented such as blogs and social networking can be used differently to meet different levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.  It depends what you ask of the students.  A blog can be a tool to remember something, demonstrate understanding, apply writing skills, and create an original work.  Also, blog commenting can demonstrate analysis and evaluation.  I do appreciate the effort Andrew Church put into this, but I think it could have been summarized in about 5 pages, with some powerful examples to excite people rather than overwhelm them. 

At first I loved the idea of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy but I just don’t think it’s the right framework for me, in my current position.  The academic in me was excited about it – probably because Bloom’s been drilled into my head through my Ed.S – but I think the format I need to use in creating materials for faculty is more along the lines of “What do you want to do?  Here’s how and why/when to do it.” with the level as more of an after thought rather than a framework.   

On a positive note, I was excited to find a good rubric for blog posts which got me thinking I still hadn’t found a good one for tweets.  Apparently I hadn’t even Googled it because the first result was an excellent Twitter rubric from UW-Stout.