Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain

Two nights ago, I gave a presentation at the 2011 IGDA Indianapolis Charity Toy Drive, a great event that I hope becomes an annual tradition. My presentation was entitled Fun, Learning, Games, and Responsible Design (in under 20 minutes). I gave an overview about the relationship between games and learning, and my core message was a rallying cry, asking designers to seriously consider what players learn by playing their games. My perspectives on this are heavily influenced by Raph Koster's work, and as I told the crowd, every designer should read Theory of Fun for Game Design.

I generally don't post slides from my talks because the slides don't stand alone: you could not reconstruct the message by only looking at the slides. I agree with Martin Fowler, that "slideuments" are flawed by definition. However, there was one slide from my talk that really seemed to resonate with the crowd. I based much of my presentation on applications of Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain toward gameplay experiences. Wikipedia has a nice, simple diagram that presents the taxonomy, and I have used this in presentations and handouts before---but this was always when using or LibreOffice directly. For the IGDA presentation, I needed a PDF, and something about the conversion to PDF left the diagram quite jaggy. To solve my problem, I made my own variant on the public domain image within LibreOffice, and it looks a little something like this:

This variation is CC-BY in case you want to insert it directly into your own presentations, papers, posters, etc. An ODG version is available as well. Full license terms below.

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Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain by Paul Gestwicki is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
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