Hands up for a common language

When you put learning in the hands of your students, or project control in the hands of your team, it’s vital that you don’t lose sight of the progress being made. SOLO Taxonomy (Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes) is a simple but effective way to create a common language that helps participants indicate where their learning is – it’s particularly useful when the end goals in a project are still slightly ambiguous.

It’s helpful to familiarise yourself (and your group) with the five levels of understanding – you may want to generate a new set of descriptions of your own that reflect the same stages:

1. Pre-structural: participants have a limited or non-existent understanding and the task is being approached from an inappropriate angle

2. Uni-structural: participants have one key piece of knowledge but can’t connect it to anything else

_3. Multi-structural: _ participants have several pieces of knowledge but can’t tie them together

4. Relational: participants understand several elements and are making connections

_5. Extended Abstract: _ participants are taking their learning into new contexts and seeing it as part of a greater whole

Why not…

  • Have a look at the explanations on Pam Hook’s website and download the free resources there to use with your team or class
  • Work with your team or class to find basic hand gestures that reflect the five stages above
  • Work with your team to generate a new set of descriptions that suit their age or experience better, or are more in keeping with your workplace culture
  • See if you can use this to support To Google or not to Google exercises in your projects

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