POGIL is a teaching pedagogy that makes students feel

engaged, accomplished &

POGIL is Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning

"The POGIL Project is not about egos and CVs, but about putting the students first and providing teachers with tools to optimize learning."

—Shawn Simonson, Boise State University

What makes POGIL different?

Many student-centered instructional techniques can be effective for achieving valuable learning goals in the classroom. POGIL differs from other approaches in two particular ways. The first is the explicit and conscious emphasis on developing essential and purposeful process skills. The second is the use and design of distinctive classroom materials. Three defining characteristics of these materials are:

  • A POGIL activity is designed to be used with self-managed teams that employ the instructor as a facilitator of learning rather than as a source of information.
  • A POGIL activity guides students through an exploration to construct, deepen, refine, and/or integrate understanding of relevant disciplinary content.
  • The application and development of at least one of the targeted proess skills is embedded in the structure and/or content of a POGIL activity and is not solely dependent upon the facilitation of the activity in the classroom or laboratory.

Upcoming Workshops We're Excited About 

Monday October 2nd, 2017
2-Day Private Workshop - University of Arizona
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
This 2-day workshop will introduce participants to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning and will explore the benefits of this approach to active learning in the classroom. Participants will experience a POGIL based learning environment, analyze activities, understand how guided inquiry is structured in a POGIL classroom, and consider classroom facilitation and other issues related to the implementation of POGIL. Participants will also learn the basics of POGIL activity writing and begin to craft their own activities.
Saturday November 4th, 2017
13829 101st Place NE Kirkland, WA 98034

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