Mapping Sheffield Exhibit: Student engagement and the power of maps

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From now until mid-August 2014 there is an exhibit in the Western Bank Library at the University of Sheffield. The exhibit is intended to showcase the historic maps held within the library’s map collection, which it does by engaging with everyday cartographies. Continue reading

Bloom’s Taxonomy and Collective Understanding

Bloom’s taxonomy is an heuristic designed to help educators develop teaching methods that will move student’s learning beyond rote memorisation. Learning beyond memorising is sometimes considered higher order or deeper learning.  Since the taxonomy was developed in the mid 1950’s it has informed education policy across the globe and has inspired countless innovations in teaching and learning including Research-led Teaching and Learning, Service Learning, and more recently Knowledge Building approaches.  It has also been used to help educators develop learning outcomes for Objective Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL) that are then assessed via Criterion Referenced Assessment (CRA). In this post I discuss how I sought to achieve higher order learning through a student web page project in Hong Kong and what that process revealed to me about Bloom’s taxonomy. Continue reading