Is Online Learning Focused on Lower Order Thinking Skills (Part II)
One way to define higher order thinking skills is to reference Bloom’s taxonomy. But I think I hold in my head the idea that lower order thinking refers to simple memorization whereas higher order thinking refers to “thinking hard.” I tend to think of this in a judgmental kind of way. Lower order = bad. Higher order = good.
In the Udacity class on computer science, I often have to think really hard in order to answer a question, even the multiple choice questions. So I was thinking of this as higher order thinking skills. But upon reflection, many of those questions that I am thinking hard about are really about me demonstrating knowledge, not applying, evaluating, or creating something. For example, here is a screenshot from week 1 of the udacity computer science course:
The answer to this question was not immediately obvious to me. I am frequently thinking hard before answering a multiple choice question in the Udacity class. But maybe I am thinking hard in a lower order kind of way, and maybe that’s OK?