Center for Faculty Innovation

Introduction to POGIL (Workshop)

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Location:  Student Success Center room 4046

This workshop will also be offered on Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:00 PM-1:30 PM at Rose Library.


Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is an evidence-based pedagogy that encourages students to construct their own knowledge and develop lifelong learning skills. In a POGIL classroom, students work in self-managed teams through a learning cycle of exploration, concept invention, and application. The instructor facilitates the learning process, creates opportunities for teams to report out, and offers additional guidance as needed. This 90-minute workshop will simulate a POGIL classroom to introduce the fundamentals and provide references to the literature. See https://pogil.org/ for more information, upcoming regional workshops, curriculum materials, and other instructional resources.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these outcomes:

  • Naming essential elements of POGIL pedagogy and philosophy,
  • Listing student learning outcomes supported in a POGIL classroom, and
  • Creating plans to begin implementation of POGIL in their own courses.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these teaching outcomes:

  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning--as a significant higher education endeavor,
  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices, and
  • Designing and offering courses or curricula that align learning objectives, assessment, and learning activities.

Facilitator: Chris Mayfield, Ph.D., Computer Science.

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