WEEK 02 (12 – 18 October 2009)

Learning Objectives; Better Web Searching; Digital Bloom’s Taxonomy

  • Writing clear learning objectives using the ABCD model from Pennsylvania State University
  • Learning how to search the web with different search engines and more effectively
  • Optional: Deepening understanding of Bloom’s taxonomy and how it applies to the digital world
  • Learning objectives for this week, using the Audience-Behavior-Condition-Degree (ABCD) model:

Learning Objectives
Condition: Having read about the ABCD model,
Audience: Participants in this course
Behavior: Will write an objective for a class they teach, using the ABCD model, and
Degree. Share it in at least one post on Nicenet.

Better web searching
Condition: After reviewing different search engines
Audience: Participants in this course
Behavior: Will analyze the search engines in terms of use in their own classes and share their advantages and disadvantages
Degree: In at least one post on Nicenet that includes the web page (with URL), the search term, and their recommendation about the search engine.

Optional: Digital Bloom’s Taxonomy
Condition: After reading about the application of Bloom’s taxonomy to the digital world,
Audience: Participants in this course
Behavior: Will share their ideas about similarities and differences, and how to apply Bloom’s to computer use
Degree: In at least one post on Nicenet.



Readings are required! Go carefully through them and use them to help form a basis for your postings in the weekly discussions. Please work on both topics this week.

Learning Objectives

Better Web Searching

Optional: Digital Bloom’s Taxonomy

Weekly Requests and Reminders: 
Continue your blog at www.blogger.com. Post a reflective comment on this week’s work, where you talk about what you did, what you learned, and how you might apply that information in your teaching.

Discussions: Go to Nicenet, log in, and participate in this week’s topics.

1. Behavioral learning objectives.
Describe one of the classes that you teach. Please share a learning objective, done in Pennsylvania State University’s ABCD style(Audience-Behavior-Condition-Degree), for that class. This should be something you would share with students. Look carefully at your objective and the objectives that others share. Do they describe behavior that you expect from students? Would students understand the objective?

2. Alternatives to Google.
Look at NoodleTools’ Choosing the Best Search Engine. You can also look at the Web Searching Tech Tip for ideas about techniques for searching. Try some of the search engines or portals to see which ones work best for academic searches and for information for your class. Try something that is NOT Google. Tell the group
1) which search site you used,
2) what you searched for, and
3) whether or not you would recommend this search engine.

Optional: 3. You’re probably familiar with Bloom’s taxonomy from earlier courses. How does Bloom’s digital taxonomy differ from what you’ve used before? How could Bloom’s apply to what you might do with a blog in class?