2008 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., May 6, 2008
HUB Ballroom

Session Description



Blooming Biology: Development of a Classification Tool to Evaluate Student Performance in Biology

Alison Crowe - Biology

Considerable attention has been paid to how we can incorporate more active learning strategies into our classrooms. However, less attention has been placed on how we can better align our assessment methods with our learning goals. Alignment of course activities and testing strategies with learning outcomes is critical to effective course design. If faculty focus on teaching concepts that require higher order cognitive skills, but test only factual recall on exams, students quickly learn that they do not need to put forth the effort to obtain a deep understanding of the material. To better assess our own assessment methods in Biology, we have developed an explicit scoring rubric, based on Bloom's Taxonomy of cognitive domains, which we named the Blooming Biology Tool (BBT). Our aim in developing the BBT was to translate Bloom's Taxonomy into a form that was more easily recognized by biology faculty and students alike. Here we describe the BBT and discuss one example of how the BBT was used in a small senior cell biology laboratory class to gauge student performance and re-design course activities to enhance student learning.



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