Bloom’s for eLearning

Like so many learning professionals, I reach for Bloom’s Taxonomy when writing learning objectives. However, these days I only design asynchronous eLearning. That makes using Bloom’s trickier. 

I need to mostly use assessment verbs that a computer can consistently score accurately. It’s difficult to use any assessment method that will elicit a range of correct answers from a learner.*

This is true even for very short answers. Think about a fill-in-the-blank question, for example. Let’s say their answer matches the spirit of the correct answers listed, but because of the way it is phrased, the computer marks it as incorrect. This is very frustrating for our learners, most of whom are very competitive salespeople. They want to get every answer right, even on the formative assessments. 

This brings us back to Bloom’s. How can the computer accurately assess if a learner can discuss a topic? Relate, tell, and sketch are similarly problematic. You might be able to use them in the classroom, or even in an instructor-led webinar, but in an asynchronous eLearning? Not so much. 

I realized I had to come up with a revised Bloom’s when all of my learning objectives started with identify, select, or choose. I sat down with my team of curriculum developers and a list of Bloom’s verbs. We brainstormed all the ways we could possibly assess in an asynchronous eLearning course.

Here is the list we came up with. Each verb is paired with a type of eLearning assessment. The number next to the verb is the level in the Revised Bloom’s.

I hope you find it useful. If you have any more that we didn’t think of, please add them in the comments.

Happy designing!

*Obviously, I can provide a space to type in an answer, and the learner can then compare the answer with an expert’s, but with my audience it is best to use that method sparingly. 

Special thanks to Nick Calabrese, Jamie Baker, and Abby Waterman for allowing me to share our list. 

Type of AssessmentVerb
Multiple Choice (Choose one)
Multiple Select (Choose many)
1. Recall
1. Locate
1. Choose
2. Identify
3. Select
3. Solve
4. Distinguish
4. Diagnose
5. Assess
5. Evaluate
5. Rate
5. Score
Matching1. Define
2. Sequence
2. Arrange
2. Put steps in order
2. Compare
2. Organize
2. Match
3. Apply
4. Distinguish
Fill in the blank1. Define
1. Name
1. Complete
4. Relate
Card sort2. Compare
2. Differentiate
2. Organize
4. Categorize
4. Classify
Conversation scenario1. Identify
1. Choose 
3. Select
3. Solve
3. Respond
Software Simulation in Storyline2. Demonstrate
2. Navigate
2. Organize (drag and drop)
Choose correct icon/image 
(from labeled image or simulation in Storyline)
1. Select
1. Choose
1. Identify
1. Recognize
2. Demonstrate