Why Bloom's Digital Taxonomy Matters
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
  1. As the L&D industry moved to technology-delivered content, it went through a period when the actual function of learning and development became undervalued.  L&D started to depend on the technology to do the work once done by a professional instructional designer.

    The use of learning technologies has evolved, and with that comes a renewed focused on ensuring that the most appropriate learning technologies are matched to performance objectives—creating a blended learning experience.

    Blended learning is a learning model in which performance objectives are matched to the most appropriate technology or medium to ensure that participants learn—at least in part—through facilitator-led delivery of content with some element of learner control over where, when, pace, or path.

    Designing for a blended curriculum can be daunting, especially given the fact that many instructional designers have not been formally trained in their craft. Comfortable in designing for single delivery technologies, like face-to-face or virtual classrooms, guidance is needed to determine how best to chunk content to create the best blend.

    Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy is a tool that can expedite this process for both experienced and novice instructional designers. It facilitates a design discussion that enables design teams to focus on using technology to facilitate learning, instead of just looking at what technology is most easily available.


    Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy has six levels of learning. Performance objectives are categorized into one of the six levels identified by the action verb in the performance objective. 

  2. Remembering.  Action Verbs: Recognizing, listing, describing, identifying
  3. Understanding.  Action Verbs: Interpreting, summarizing, inferring
  4. Applying.  Action Verbs: Implementing, carrying out, using, executing
  5. Analyzing.  Action Verbs: Comparing, organizing, deconstructing
  6. Evaluating.  Action Verbs: Checking, hypothesizing, critiquing, judging
  7. Creating.  Action Verbs: designing, constructing, planning, producing

No matter how experienced you are in designing training programs, a look at the new Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy will help you determine how best to construct blended learning.

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About the Author

Jennifer Hofmann, a pioneer in the field of virtual classrooms, is the president of InSync Training, a consulting firm that specializes in the design and delivery of virtual and blended learning. Featured in Forbes Most Powerful Women issue (June 16, 2014) as a New England Women Business Leader, she has led InSync Training to the Inc. 5000 as the 10th Fastest Growing Education Company in the U.S. (2013).

Hofmann is the author of The Synchronous Trainer’s Survival Guide: Facilitating Successful Live and Online Courses, Meetings and Events (Pfeiffer, 2003), Live and Online! Tips, Techniques, and Ready-To-Use Activities for the Virtual Classroom (Pfeiffer, 2004), and How To Design For The Live Online Classroom: Creating Great Interactive and Collaborative Training Using Web Conferencing (Brandon Hall, 2005). Additionally, she is a chapter contributor to The Handbook of Blended Learning (Pfeiffer, 2006), The AMA Handbook of E-Learning (The American Management Association, 2003), and The ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals (ASTD, 2008, 2014). She has co-authored, with Nanette Miner, Tailored Learning: Designing the Blend That Fits (ASTD, 2009), a book focused on taking advantage of distributed technologies to create the best blended training solution possible.

Her most recent projects include a monthly Training Magazine Online series titled Virtually There and her newest book Body Language in the Bandwidth – How Facilitators, Producers, Designers, and Learners Connect, Collaborate & Succeed in the Virtual Classroom (2015).

Follow Jennifer Hofmann at her blog, Body Language In The Bandwidth at or on Twitter @InSyncJennifer.

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