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My learning objectives are built using a variety of methods, but most heavily rely on the four part method - Actor, Behavior, Condition, Degree. I utilize Bloom's Taxonomy to ensure that learning is happening on a number of levels. Once Learning Objectives were developed, I needed to create a plan for how they will be assessed. Ideas were developed during the initial planning phase, then each unit of study and each learning objective was carefully mapped to activities and assessments.

What follows is a taxonomy table of a module built on carefully constructed learning objectives that address Bloom's Taxonomy at multiple levels, aligned with activities, assessments and tools selected specifically to support those learning objectives. 

Unit 4 - Information Sources

Module 1 - Information Source Types

This module is designed to introduce students to the different types of information sources available to them, and to explore their strengths, weaknesses and how to locate them. This is one module within a larger unit, which also includes search strategies, annotated bibliographies and evaluation of information sources.

The activities in this module are designed to assess students on various levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. A researching and note taking activity is designed to assess students’ knowledge and recall of information, the lowest level on the taxonomy. The creation of a concept map by students is used to assess students' comprehension and understanding of the knowledge. Application of knowledge is assessed using a quiz, while a discussion is used to assess students ability to evaluate a situation to determine the appropriate course of action, utilizing the knowledge. At Bloom’s highest level, students will synthesize new information by creating an animated presentation. Each of these activities are interrelated, helping to assess students’ levels of understanding at various tiers of Bloom’s taxonomy. 

Taxonomy Table

Bloom categories/

Revised Taxonomy

Learning objective verbs

Activity/Objective

Knowledge/

Remembering


(recall, list, define, identify, collect, label)

define, list, identify

Activity: Research - While conducting research on information source types, students will define the information source type, list its benefits and drawbacks, and identify where to find that information source type in a Google Document shared with the instructor.


Enabling Objective 1: Given an information source type, students will conduct research about the information source type using provided resources. Students will produce a 2-3 minute informational presentation using PowToon to define what the source is, list what the benefits and drawbacks are, and identify where to find it, by synthesizing information they have researched.

Comprehension/ Understanding


(summarize, describe interpret, predict, discuss)

describe, summarize

Activity: Concept Map - While viewing peers presentations, construct a concept map of the information source types, drawbacks, benefits and how to find them.


Enabling Objective 2: Given a type of information source and a peer generated presentation, students will correctly summarize the benefits of that type of information source on a concept map created using Cacoo with 100% accuracy.


Enabling Objective 3: Given a type of information source and a peer generated presentation, students will correctly summarize the drawbacks of that type of information source on a concept map created using Cacoo with 100% accuracy.


Enabling Objective 4: Given a type of information source and a peer generated presentation, students will correctly describe where to obtain the information source on a concept map created using Cacoo with 100% accuracy.

Application/

Applying

(apply, demonstrate, illustrate, classify, experiment, discover)

classify, apply

Activity: Quiz - After viewing peer presentations and creating a concept map, students will complete a quiz which asks them to classify information sources by their type.


Enabling Objective 5: Given information sources and their previously constructed concept map, students will apply knowledge of information source types by classifying information sources on a Google Forms quiz with 90% accuracy.

Evaluation/

Evaluating

(assess, recommend, convince, compare, conclude, summarize)

recommend, defend

Activity: Discussion - Analyze Research Question Scenarios then recommend and defend their choice of the appropriate information source to use via a class discussion forum.


Terminal Objective: Given a research question and a previously constructed concept map, students will apply knowledge of information sources by correctly recommending and defending their choice of the appropriate type of information source to consult.

Synthesis/

Creating

(combine, integrate, plan, create, design, formulate)

produce, synthesize, generate

Activity: JigSaw - Each student is responsible for generating a 2-3 minute presentation on one type of Information Source using PowToon. Students will define the information source type, list its benefits and drawbacks, and identify at least one place to find that information source type in their presentation.


Enabling Objective 1: Given a type of information source type, students will conduct research about the information source type using provided resources. Students will produce a 2-3 minute informational presentation using PowToon to explain what the source is, what the benefits and drawbacks are, and where to find it, by synthesizing information they have researched.



In planning for this module, it was important to create a visual representation of the objectives, activities and assessments to form a better understanding of how each piece fit together in the puzzle. One of the many ways that concept maps aid learning is to make connections between information visible to the learner. Developing the Concept map for this module helped to ensure that each of the pieces fit together in a way that made sense, while also providing a roadmap from which to design the final project.

Concept Map (Please Click on the Image to view full size)


There are 6 Learning Objectives for this module, each with associated activities and assessments. 
To view more detail about these objectives and associated content, please see my Assessment in eLearning Final Project.