Pogil - Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning

    • POGIL in action
    • Learning is not a solitary task.

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    • Knowledge is personal. Students enjoy themselves more and develop greater ownership over material given the opportunity to construct their own understanding.

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    • Students who are part of an interactive community are more likely to be successful.

    • Facilitation in a large class at the Universtity of Washington in Seattle, WA
    • Cooperative learning fosters positive attitudes toward subject matter.

    • Working through a POGIL activity
    • Students are fully engaged in content material.

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    •  A discovery-based team environment energizes students.

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    • Students learn better when they are working together in self-managed teams.

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What is POGIL?

POGIL is an acronym for Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning.

POGIL originated in college chemistry departments in 1994; there are now well over 1000 implementers in a wide range of disciplines in high schools and colleges around the country.

POGIL uses guided inquiry – a learning cycle of exploration, concept invention and application – as the basis for many of the carefully designed materials that students use to guide them to construct new knowledge.  

POGIL is a student-centered strategy; students work in small groups with individual roles to ensure that all students are fully engaged in the learning process.

POGIL activities focus on core concepts and encourage a deep understanding of the course material while developing higher-order thinking skills.

POGIL develops process skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication through cooperation and reflection, helping students become lifelong learners and preparing them to be more competitive in a global market.

Upcoming Events

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    • POGIL Facilitator Training Workshop
    • Sat 01/16/16 8:30 AM – Mon 01/18/16 12:00 PM
    • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
    • 3 Days Private Workshop
    • The POGIL Facilitator Training workshop is a 3-day POGIL professional development workshop with a focus on...
    • Puget Sound Region POGIL Summit
    • Sat 02/06/16 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    • Kirkland, WA
    • 1 Day Public Meeting
    • An informal opportunity to share your experiences, ask questions, and network with other POGIL practitioners in...
    • Introductory POGIL Workshop - Florida Gulf Coast University
    • Thu 02/18/16 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    • Ft. Myers, Florida
    • 1 Day Public Workshop
    • This workshop will provide an introduction to POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) and will explore...
    • Puget Sound Region POGIL Summit
    • Sat 04/02/16 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    • Kirkland, WA
    • 1 Day Public Meeting
    • An informal opportunity to share your experiences, ask questions, and network with other POGIL practitioners in...
    • Teaching with Your Mouth Shut: Basic POGIL Strategies for STEM Teachers - 2-day course
    • Sat 05/07/16 9:30 AM –
    • Seattle, WA
    • 1 Day Public Presentation
    • POGIL is a pedagogy based on research indicating that a) teaching by telling does not work...
    • Writing POGIL Activities - 3-day course
    • Tue 07/12/16 8:30 AM – Thu 07/14/16
    • Seattle, WA
    • 3 Days Public Presentation
    • As teachers move toward fuller adoption of the NGSS* by implementing inquiry-based learning in their classrooms,...