Tip #735:  Prompt Learners to Think

On August 20, 2018, Posted by , In learning, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #735:  Prompt Learners to Think

“Efforts to develop critical thinking falter in practice because too many professors still lecture to passive audiences instead of challenging students to apply what they have learned to new questions.” Derek Bok

I just participated in a webinar with Ray Jimenez titled: Seven Key Questions to Bridge the Gap Between Learning and Application. His basic premise is that work is never static; it is situational. For this reason, he believes that teaching participants how to follow the steps to a process, for example, will not be helpful if there are barriers in the way. Participants need to work through real situations using trial and error, or what he terms “successive approximation,” to find solutions.

Jimenez offers four steps in the … Read the rest

Tip #102: Learning Levels

On February 1, 2006, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #102: Learning Levels

The fourth step in the comprehensive nine step LESSON PLANning Process is:


This step is based on Bloom’s Taxonomy of Behavioral Objectives- or, as we have referred to it, the Building Blocks of Learning (See Tip #8).

It is essential to clearly identify the desired level of learning we want the participants to attain. This means that we need to decide whether our aim during the course of the workshop is for the participants to: know the information, but not understand it [KNOWLEDGE]; know and understand it [COMPREHENSION]; or know, understand, and use it [APPLICATION]. These are the first three of six progressive building blocks of learning (otherwise known as Bloom’s Read the rest