95th ESA Annual Meeting (August 1 -- 6, 2010)

WK 20 - In Full Bloom: Using Bloom's Taxonomy to Align Class Learning Objectives and Assessments in Introductory Biology

Tuesday, August 3, 2010: 11:30 AM-1:15 PM
413, David L Lawrence Convention Center
Jennifer L. Momsen
Joseph Dauer , Elizabeth Derryberry , Emily S. J. Rauschert and Ariana Sutton-Grier
Biology is in the midst of a revolution, and biology education plays a critical role. As the demands on undergraduate biology education evolve, instructors are left holding the proverbial bag of ineffective lectures and assessments. How will instructors create active learning courses and curricula in order to meet the demands of the department, institution and professional societies? This workshop will help faculty navigate these choppy waters in order to improve student learning through the creation of aligned learning objectives and assessments. Using Bloom’s taxonomy of educational objectives, workshop participants will work collaboratively to (1) describe each level of Bloom’s taxonomy, (2) create learning objectives that target higher-order cognitive levels, and (3) create and evaluate assessments – including multiple choice questions – that align with their learning objectives. Participants will have the opportunity to work on assessments at multiple cognitive levels. We invite faculty, postdocs and graduate students to join us as we explore how targeting higher-order thinking can inform and transform undergraduate biology education.

Registration Fee: $0

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