Interested in getting started with POGIL or other inquiry-based teaching strategies in your course?
Here are some tips for implementation:
Here is an example of a POGIL activity, which consists of a detailed activity description, prompts for students, instructions on when to check in with the instructor, and an instructor answer key. You might start by modeling an example POGIL activity with the whole class:
- Look through and select from this list of POGIL curricular materials in various disciplines.
- Introduce the activity.
- Put students into working groups (with assigned roles).
- Share the POGIL activity worksheet with students (if applicable).
- Monitor the student groups and answer questions that come up during the activity.
- Collect each group’s work for a graded activity.
- The POGIL website.
- CET’s resource on effective group work.
- Ruder, S., Brown, P. J. P., & Stanford, C. (2020). Developing POGIL materials: Writing and refining activities for a spectrum of content areas. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 31(1), 195-228.
- Kendra’s presentation on teaching about accessibility in technology courses from CET’s Faculty Showcase of Innovative Teaching Techniques.
What does the research say?
Vincent-Ruz, P., Meyer, T., Roe, S. G., & Schunn, C. D. (2020). Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of POGIL in a Large-Enrollment General Chemistry Course. Journal of Chemical Education, 97(5), 1228–1238. (USC Libraries link).
Howley, I. (2020). Adapting guided inquiry learning worksheets for emergency remote learning. Information and Learning Science, 121(7/8), 549–557. (USC Libraries link)
Rodriguez, J.-M. G., Hunter, K. H., Scharlott, L. J., & Becker, N. M. (2020). A Review of Research on Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning: Implications for Research and Practice. Journal of Chemical Education, 97(10), 3506–3520. (USC Libraries link)
Kori, K. (2021). Inquiry-Based Learning in Higher Education. In: Vaz de Carvalho, C., Bauters, M. (eds) Technology Supported Active Learning. Lecture Notes in Educational Technology. Springer, Singapore. (USC Libraries link)