Depth of Knowledge

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WHAT IS DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE?

Depth of knowledge clarifies and considers the cognitive demand of learning expectations.  That demand can vary based on the following:


  • the complexity of the concept or content
  • the depth of understanding required
  • the scope or stipulations of the task
  • the mental processing needed to demonstrate and communicate learning

Depth of Knowledge, DOK, Webb's D.O.K., Webb's Depth of Knowledge Model,

WHAT ARE WEBB'S DOK LEVELS?

Webb's D.O.K. Levels describe four different ways students can understand and interact with concepts and content.  The DOK levels code learning expectations based on the complexity of the text or topic and the task.


  • D.O.K.-1: Students must recall,  restate, or reproduce details, facts, information, and procedures correctly.
  • D.O.K.-2: Students must apply knowledge, concepts, and skills or use information and basic reasoning  to answer questions, address problems, accomplish tasks, or analyze texts and topics.
  • D.O.K.-3: Students must think strategically or use complex reasoning supported by evidence to examine and explain arguments, conclusions, decisions, hypotheses, ideas, issues, outcomes, reasons, results, or solutions.
  • D.O.K.-4: Students must think extensively how they could transfer, use, and share their learning in different contexts and new situations deep within a subject area, across the curriculum, beyond the classroom, and over an extended period of time.


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WHAT YOU WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THIS EXPERIENCE?

  • Recognize what exactly is depth of knowledge, where the concept came from, and why the D.O.K. Wheel is inaccurate.
  • Understand how depth of knowledge marks and measures the cognitive demand of learning activities and assessments.
  • Use Webb's D.O.K.. levels to code and compare the cognitive complexity and demand standards and assessments.
  • Analyze the difference between Webb's D.O.K. Levels and Bloom's Revised Taxonomy and how both can be superimpose to measure the cognitive rigor of learning activities and assessments.
  • Evaluate how Webb's D.O.K. Levels can be used to determine the ceiling of assessment, set the instructional focus, and identify gaps in learning.
  • Create deeper teaching and learning experiences that will engage students to demonstrate higher levels of  thinking and communicate depth of knowledge up to and beyond the ceiling of assessment.

Depth of Knowledge Trainings and Workshops

What Exactly Is Depth of Knowledge?

Learn what exactly is depth of knowledge, why the D.O.K. Wheel is inaccurate, and how to use Webb's D.O.K. Levels to determine the depth and extent students must transfer, use, and share their learning.

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ABCDs of D.O.K.: Audience, Behavior, Condition, Demand

Learn how to determine and designate the depth of knowledge of the performance objectives of grade level expectations and assessments using the ABCDs of D.O.K. - audience, behavior, conditions, and demand.

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Good Questions for Depth of Knowledge

Learn how to deconstruct and rephrase the performance objectives of academic standards and learning targets into good questions that will engage and encourage students to demonstrate and communicate different levels of depth of knowledge (D.O.K.).

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Webb's D.O.K. vs. Bloom's H.O.T.: What's the Connection?

Learn what distinguishes Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels from Bloom's Revised Taxonomy and how both can be superimposed to measure the cognitive rigor of learning expectations and experiences.

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Standards-Based Grading / Learning & Depth of Knowledge

Learn how to use Webb's Depth of Knowledge (D.O.K.) Levels to determine how deeply and extensively standards, learning activities, and assessments expect students to demonstrate and communicate their learning.


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Let's Make a D.O.K.!

Learn how teaching and learning experiences for depth of knowledge are similar to Jeopardy! and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (D.O.K.-1), The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross and 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray (D.O.K.-2), Top Chef  (D.O.K.-3), and Shark Tank (D.O.K.-4).

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