Assignment: Articulating a Learning Taxonomy

DUE: Tuesday, Feb 28, start of class. Upload to Canvas (Word or PDF file) and bring a hard copy to class.

For this assignment, you should articulate a SOLO learning taxonomy for some CS/IT topic of interest, along with a brief description of how you would check whether students/users were at each level of your hierarchy. As with the first assignment, the choice of topic is up to you: it shouldn't be overly broad, but it should have enough depth to lend to a taxonomy. It also shouldn't be one of the topics covered in the readings for class. If you want to clear an idea with me in advance, drop me mail (I may need a day to reply, so factor that into your planning).

Write up a brief (no more than a few sentences) description of the topic you are covering. Then, provide a table like the following showing your taxonomy and assessments.

Description of LevelProposed Assessment
Extended Abstract  

If you envision a single assessment that covers multiple levels (and you tell which level you are in by how you grade the assessment), feel free to describe the assessment under the table and just put the grading criteria in the table row.

Grading Expectations

The goal of this assignment is to have you articulate concrete progressions of student/user understanding through a topic of your choice. Your descriptions of the levels should make it clear what the boundary is between adjacent levels. If a description is subject to significant interpretation, make it more precise.

The assessment column helps clarify your descriptions of levels, by stating concrete examples of what students should be able to do at a level. Depending on how you write your descriptions, the assessment might look fairly similar to the description (it doesn't have to look similar though).

Grading will consider the following:

  • Whether your progression of levels makes sense: the levels follow on each other and could not be achieved out of order.
  • Whether the deltas from one level to the next are a reasonable granularity (rather than involving a lot of extra steps that constitute a significant jump in knowledge).
  • Whether each level description+assessment is precise enough to be measurable.
  • Whether your descriptions are clearly presented.

Writing is expected to be professional quality, with proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, full sentences, etc.

Last modified: Sat Feb 18 11:44:00 EST 2017