HPT Video 2021 – Lorin Anderson

Thanks to Alex Salas for setting up this HPT Video interview with Dr. Anderson and myself.

Lorin Anderson was born: May 21, 1945. His education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Macalester College, a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and a Doctorate degree from the University of Chicago where he worked closely with Benjamin Bloom.

Bio and Research Interest

Professor Anderson spent his entire academic career at the University of South Carolina, arriving in August, 1973, and retiring in August, 2006.  During his career at the University he taught graduate courses in research design, curriculum development, assessment, and evaluation.  

Since his retirement, he has spent his time consulting with educators and policy makers on the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, curriculum development, and effective teaching strategies for children of poverty in the United States, Eastern Europe, and South America.   His primary research interests are the nurturing of young educational researchers, the allocation and productive use of school time, and improving the quality of education for economically-disadvantaged children and youth.  

In 2003, he co-founded the Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty, which is located at Francis Marion University.  He has established an endowed fund at the University of South Carolina to support first-generation college students who aspire to become educators.

One of his major educational contributions:- In 2001, Anderson worked with D. Krathwohl, et. al. to publish a Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy which showcases student actions versus nouns. Alex Salas has a number of videos he’s done with Lorin on that – hereherehere.


De Ibarrola, M. & Anderson, L. W. (Eds.) (2014). The nurturing of new educational researchers: Dialogues and debates.  Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Morgan, G. B., Hodge, K. J., Trepinski, T., M., & Anderson, L. W. (2014).  The stability of teacher performance and effectiveness: Implications for policies concerning teacher evaluation.  Educational Policy Analysis Archives, 22(95), 1-18. [http://www.redalyc.org/pdf/2750/275031898095.pdf]

Anderson, L. W. (Ed.) (2013). Teaching for learning: A reference guide for results-oriented teachers.  Thessalonki, Greece: Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe.

Anderson, L. W. (2004). Increasing teacher effectiveness, Second edition.  Paris: UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning.

Anderson, L. W. (Ed.) & Krathwohl, D. R. (Ed.) (2001). A taxonomy for learning, teaching, and assessing: A revision of Bloom’s taxonomy of educational objectives.  New York: Longman.

The HPT Video

This video is 83:44 minutes in length.

Key Links

Connect with Lorin via E-mail: anderson.lorinw@gmail.com

International Academy of Education: www.iaoed.org

Bloom’s Taxonomy Revision book: https://amzn.to/2Rl0WiO

Guy’s HPT Video Series

The HPT Video Series … formerly known as the HPT Practitioner and HPT Legacy Video Series … was started by Guy W. Wallace in 2008 as a means of sharing the diversity of HPT Practitioners, and the diversity of HPT Practices in the workplace and in academia.

The full set of videos – over 140 – may be found and linked to – here.

HPT – Human Performance Technology – is the application of science – the “technology” part – for Performance Improvement.

As the late Don Tosti noted, “All performance is a human endeavor.”

Whether your label for HPT is that, or Performance Improvement, or Human Performance Improvement, it is all about Evidence Based Practices for Performance Improvement at the Individual level, the Team level, the Process level, the Department level, the Functional level, the Enterprise level, and at the level of Society/World.

HPT Practitioners might operate at any of these levels, as this Video Series clearly demonstrates.

Although ISPI – the International Society for Performance Improvement is the professional home of many HPT Practitioners – the concepts, models, methods, tools and techniques are not limited to any one professional affinity group or professional label.

ISPI just happens to be where I learned about HPT – and has been my professional home since 1979.

This Series Has Evolved Since 2008

These videos were first posted on Google Video, then they were moved to Blink, and now they may all be found on YouTube. And my name for them has changed as well…

HPT Practitioner Video Podcasts and HPT Legacy Video Podcasts

– Practitioner Series – short 2-10 minutes, following a script. Intended to show the diversity of HPT and HPT Practitioners. (2008-2018)

– Legacy Series – longer 15-40+ minutes, also scripted, with added stories of other NSPI/ ISPI’ers from the earlier days of the Society or others who were of great influence. Intended to capture the stories of the people who influenced us. (2008-2018)

– HPT Video Series (2019+) – is a continuation of the first two types of videos in this series, but with less focus on capturing NSPI/ISPI members – and expanding out to any and all who use Evidence Based Practices in Performance Improvement regardless of any affiliation with ISPI or not.


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