Book Review: Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses
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The author poses the question, “How can I create courses that will provide significant learning experiences for my students?” A question, or possibly a riddle, that I feel the author does an excellent job of addressing with a practical research-based paradigm shift from “content-centered” to “learning-centered” course design and delivery. A tweaking (not to be confused with twerking) of Bloom’s Taxonomy could be considered blasphemous amongst educators, but I found the author’s “Taxonomy of Significant Learning” to be “Aha!” inducing.
Applicable Knowledge / Skills
Concepts I’ll be implementing from this book:
- The use of a “learning portfolio” to “simultaneously integrate and promote significant learning goals, active learning activities, and educative feedback and assessment.”
- Using the “Taxonomy of Significant Learning” as a general guide to enhance course design, delivery, and assessment.
Useful information abounds. Read it, and/or swing by my office for a chinwag.
Book Review Club
If you’re interested in writing reviews of the books in the TLC Collection, contact Josh Ellis (firstname.lastname@example.org), who is facilitating the Book Review Club through the TLC in 2016-2017. As you peruse the shelves for a book to read, review, and share, keep P. J. O’Rourke’s insightful suggestion in mind: “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”