Brenda Sugrue, PhD., is Vice President, Learning Innovation and Research, for Kaplan, Inc. She is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based instructional design and delivery across Kaplan’s portfolio of educational products. This includes training and performance support for product developers; design of adaptive delivery platforms; quality control processes; and research on the effectiveness of learning innovations. In previous roles, Brenda led global learning programs at IBM and ITT Corporation, and was Director of Research for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). She was also a professor of instructional design and technology at the University of Iowa.
There has been considerable discussion of Bloom’s Taxonomy (a classic tool for instructional design) in the last two decades. Here is an alternative that may simplify the problem of coming up with appropriate instruction and assessment.