Creating Meaningful Exam Questions
with the help of Bloom’s Taxonomy
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 · Noon - 1:30 PM
Generating exam questions that really test what we hope students have learned can be challenging. And how can we create questions that not only assess student learning but also promote that learning? One very helpful tool is Bloom’s taxonomy. This hierarchical list of cognitive demands describes learning tasks as ranging from knowledge acquisition through comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. This gives us a framework to work from as we design exam questions. In this session we will analyze some of our exam questions and, as needed, suggest ways to reframe them to pose the kind of cognitive challenge we want students to address. And we will generate some principles to use as we design new questions. Participants are asked to bring some sample exam questions to work on. Lunch will be provided.