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Depth of Knowledge Goes Round and Round

Often we find ourselves engaged in conversation about improving the depth of knowledge in our courses and assignments. How do we elucidate the concept of depth of knowledge not only for our students but also for ourselves?  We know that scaffolding assignments accomplishes a graduation to the more challenging aspects of our class goals. But, how do we know if the students are not just staying on the surface of the information but are going deeper into the texts and materials? The graphic below will give you some ideas for making sure that the assignments you are giving and the questions you are asking go to the heart of the topic and make connections that are meaningful.

Depth of Knowledge Wheel

This was based on Dr. Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge work.  You can hear him speak directly to depth of knowledge below:

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