Get Your VERB On!

Get Your VERB On!

By Dr. Richard Kralevich
Associate Vice President for Information and Instructional Technology
Delaware Technical Community College

In 1956, Benjamin Bloom and a few of his colleagues had a thought.  Their idea – develop a framework that educators and student alike could leverage to better organize and understand the learning objectives associated with their shared educational experience.  Since that faithful day, educators like you and me have devoted countless hours discussing, debating, and deliberating over how to find the right verb for the job.

Recently, I came across a few visual representations of Bloom’s Taxonomy that might help to make that deliberation a little easier. Hopefully, these resources will come in handy the next time you’re struggling to pen that perfect instructional objective.

So get out there and get your verb on!

A 3 Dimensional Model Of Bloom’s Taxonomy
Source: teachthought

Take Action: Verbs That Define Bloom’s Taxonomy
Source: MindShift | KQED News

Bloom’s Taxonomy Overview
Source: Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching

What I Learned from CCIT


By Catherine Lombardozzi
Director of the Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College

March 2 marked my first anniversary as director of CCIT. (Or maybe it’s March 3; March 2, 2015 was actually a snow day!) It has been quite the whirlwind, and I hope I have brought something to the table. I know that I, myself, have learned quite a bit. Continue reading

An Online Book Club: Teaching Naked by José Bowen (Part 3 of 5)

By Ernie Kulhanek
English Department
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

Welcome back to our online discussion of Teaching Naked, by Dr. José Bowen. Previously, we looked at Part I: The Digital Landscape, which comprised the first three chapters. Today, we’ll examine chapters four through six, which make up the first section of Part II: Designing 21st Century Courses. Continue reading

The Right Tech for the Job

The Right Tech

By Molli Carter
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Owens Campus

Since his presentation at Delaware Tech’s first Instructional Innovation Conference, Jose Bowen has gotten many of us thinking about how technology outside of the classroom can engage our students in such a way that they enter our building ready to become better thinkers. Not all technology strategies develop student thinking in the same way, though. In Selecting the Right Technology Tool, author Tami Eggleston of McKendree University takes a look at five different forms of technology many instructors currently use outside of class—wikis, discussion boards, journals, blogs, and graded online quizzes—and pinpoints which principles of good teaching and cognitive taxonomy level each addresses. For example, one handy table in the article breaks down how each of these five tools encourage principles like “student-faculty interaction”, “cooperation between students”, and “active learning”. Read the full article here.

Have you implemented any of these in your courses? Do you agree with Eggleston’s analysis of which forms best address the cognitive taxonomies and principles of good teaching?