Center for Faculty Innovation

POGIL Institute (May Symposium)

Thu, 12 May 2016 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location:  Biocscience Building Room 2007

Full title:  Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) (Institute)

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 all-day institute will review the fundamentals of POGIL, explore how POGIL activities are structured, provide guidance on writing new POGIL activities, and include opportunities to practice classroom facilitation techniques. See for more information, upcoming regional workshops, curriculum materials, and other instructional resources.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outomes:

  • Articulating fundamental POGIL principles,
  • Articulating several possible student gains, other than content, from being in a POGIL classroom,
  • Developing an understanding of effectiveness of POGIL methodology,
  • Understanding that student content/academic gains are not "sacrificed" in a POGIL class, and
  • Providing at least one insight that they have gained about teaching or learning.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these teaching outomes:

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


Chris Mayfield, Ph.D., Computer Science

Suzanne Ruder, Ph.D., Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University

Sponsored by:  the College of Integrated Science and Engineering

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