Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning
The ecosystem of learning spaces reflects deep understanding with the broader campus community about how learning happens, an understanding that is evident in the diversity of spaces in which learning happens—formal and informal learning. Bloom’s taxonomy of learning challenges those responsible for the quality of the physical environment for learning to become learners themselves—to move from understanding how spaces make a difference to learning to creating such spaces.
Creativity is the highest point in Bloom’s taxonomy of learning outcomes, the synthesis of goals at lower levels of the pyramid. It is goal that can be embraced by faculty at all disciplines and by the institution at large; it offers a lens to examine all spaces in all disciplines on a campus, formal and informal, natural, built and virtual. Creativity is a familiar concept. It is thus a good starting point for new kinds of communal explorations about how space matters and how do we know. Most important, a focus on creativity opens the door to the future, grounding this process of exploration on a deep understanding of what 21st century students are to become and to be able to accomplish upon graduation, given the challenges and opportunities in the world in which they will live and work upon graduation.