Is Online Learning Focused Only on Lower Order Thinking Skills (Part I)
Last week in the comments, Edgar raised a question about higher order vs. lower order thinking skills as they relate to blended learning. I’ve been thinking about this a bunch and now am working on a series of posts about this topic.
In thinking about this, I realized that I hold in my mind a very hazy sense of what “higher order thinking skills” even means. So for the purposes of discussion, I will reference Bloom’s taxonomy to define lower order thinking skills as “remembering and understanding,” and to define higher order thinking skills as “analyzing, evaluating, and creating.”
One could make the case that blended learning should go like this: online tools are used to support students in developing basic content knowledge (lower order thinking) and the teacher is there to help the students develop higher order thinking skills through the use of strategies like problem based learning or project based learning.
But I’m not crazy about this distinction. What do you think? Are online tools properly focused only on lower order thinking skills?