Professional Development

Developing academic skills while moving up Bloom’s Taxonomy

Christina Cavage

Christina Cavage, professor of ESL at Savannah College of Art and Design, recently held a webinar on how you can develop your academic skills while moving up Bloom’s Taxonomy by extending learning experiences for students.

Are you looking for creative ways to develop academic skills? Have you considered how your structured activities are moving up Bloom’s Taxonomy? In her recent webinar, Better Learning Champion Christina Cavage demonstrated how you can develop academic skills while moving up Bloom’s Taxonomy by extending learning experiences for students. Watch the webinar recording below to see how carefully planned lessons that incorporate a wide variety of tools can not only increase learner success, but also allow you to document mastery of student learning outcomes.

Christina began the webinar by discussing who today’s learners are and what characterizes them as a group. Frequently referred to as digital natives or millennials, today’s learners believe that the Internet is better than TV, doing outweighs knowing, and typing is more beneficial than handwriting, to name but a few common threads that Christina exams in detail.

She then talks about how these shared characteristics influence the way this generation processes information, and by extension, how they learn. They need to receive instant feedback and access to learning anytime, anyplace. They need to be deeply engaged and have vibrant content available in a variety of ways.

Using this background knowledge, Christina explains what it means for determining which academic skills are needed in the current academic environment. Strong language skills are important, but language skills alone don’t always translate into having academic success.

After establishing the types of academic skills that need to be taught, Christina explains how you can build up the full repertoire of skills students need to find academic success, starting with curriculum and syllabus design, and ending with activity types.

Watch the webinar recording to learn how you can help your students succeed by gaining the skills they need in an academic setting.

Read Christina’s last two articles on her strategies for implementing blended learning strategies in Part 1 and Part 2.

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