Abstract: Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning 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 is not a lecturer, but rather an active facilitator who helps all students to be engaged and achieve the learning objectives. Through scripted inquiry and investigation, students discover key concepts and construct their own knowledge while collaborating with others. Using assigned team roles and other scaffolding, students develop process skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and written/oral communication. The instructor guides the process, creates opportunities for teams to report out, and offers additional support as needed.

This hands-on workshop will explore the fundamentals of POGIL, discuss how activities are structured, and provide guidance on implementing activities. Workshop participants will experience POGIL activities as students and work through meta-activities that are designed to introduce POGIL concepts, practices, and benefits. Education researchers have studied POGIL over the past two decades, and results have shown POGIL to be highly effective in chemistry, biology, and other STEM disciplines. More recently, the IntoCS-POGIL project is studying these techniques in computer science and related fields, including data science and informatics. Participants will gain access to POGIL activities under development for introductory programming courses in Java and Python. See pogil.org for more information about upcoming regional workshops, curriculum materials, and other instructional resources.


Chris Mayfield (Presenter)
James Madison University

Rosalie Waller (Presenter)
University of Utah