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 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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