Applying The Basics Of Bloom's Taxonomy To eLearning

How To Use Bloom's Taxonomy In eLearning
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Discover How To Use Bloom's Taxonomy In eLearning

One of the approaches to delivering the right training is by applying Bloom's Taxonomy to eLearning. Bloom's Taxonomy is an old concept that has been in existence since 1956 and has been used for traditional classroom training. However, it was revised in 2001 in order to meet the modern approach to learning.

One of the roles of Bloom's Taxonomy in eLearning is to deliver a course learning objective. It can also help to determine learners' behavior, which can influence the learning objectives. As an educator, I'm sure you know one or two things about Bloom's Taxonomy. So, in this article, we'll be focusing on how these concepts can be applied to online training in order to achieve effective training.

6 Applications Of Bloom's Taxonomy In eLearning

Bloom's Taxonomy, if applied to eLearning, can help instructors to understand the different levels of cognitive demands. It helps instructors match their assessment with the different levels of learning objectives in order to determine the learners' behavior. Here are some ways you can apply Bloom's Taxonomy to your online training.

1. Knowledge

The first stage of applying the concept of Bloom's Taxonomy is to give knowledge to your learners through your course. Although it doesn't require a lot of effort, you need to follow the right steps to deliver the right information to them. You can make use of textual content, videos, animation, images, and much more to deliver the learning objectives to your learners. Also, in order to be sure that learners are following the training, you can ask short questions to test if they have absorbed the knowledge.

2. Comprehension

This stage is where you test your learners' knowledge to find out if they understand your training. You can check their level of comprehension in several ways. Every Learning Management System comes with different testing tools. So, it's up to the instructor to ask the right questions in order to test the learners' level of comprehension of the training.

You can make use of the SMART goals in this stage to learn if they have the right knowledge about your course.

3. Application

This stage requires a little effort from the instructor to help learners put the knowledge into practice. You can provide them with simulations, practical tests, branched scenarios, and even role-playing games to help them interact well with the course. Instructors should simulate real-life problems and ask learners to apply the already acquired knowledge and skills to solve the problems. Also, you can provide a role-playing game with different stages which involve getting learners to apply their knowledge to finish the game.

4. Analysis

In this stage, learners get to develop a strong knowledge of the subject matter. You can make use of questions and the testing functionality on your LMS. Also, you can make use of social platforms, like discussion forums, to help them develop a strong understanding of the course. If you have social functionality on your LMS, you can unlock it so that your learners can interact with each other and share knowledge. By so doing, they get to interact and ask for clarification about the subject matter to develop stronger knowledge regarding the topic.

5. Evaluation

While most eLearning training ends in the analysis stage, it's advisable to evaluate the training further to deliver better training. Based on the analysis, learners have gained enough knowledge of the subject matter and they are now allowed to serve as mentors to the newest members. They can become instructors and teach the new members through discussion forums.

6. Creation

Creation is the final stage of Bloom's Taxonomy in eLearning, and only a few get here as it can be difficult to apply to eLearning. Here, learners can be asked to develop a business plan in a group and this requires that they follow every stage before this. This is because planning requires a huge amount of group collaboration, such as scheduling a group meeting at a specific time. By reaching this stage, learners can generate ideas that have the potential to shape the business that they are involved in.


In order for professional instructors to achieve the best results and add value for the learners, there's a need to follow the application of Bloom's Taxonomy in eLearning. Following the above application will get your learners closer to achieving your learning goals.

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