is online learning focused on lower order thinking skills part ii
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?