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

Learn about The POGIL Project's vision

Watch and see how The POGIL Project continues to work toward its vision of "an educational system where student-centered learning is the norm."

Celebrating 15 Years of POGIL

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 process 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 August 13th, 2018
1-Day POGIL Activity Writing Workshop embedded in the 5-Day WaterWorks Workshop, University of Washington
More Hall, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
This Summer workshop will introduce participants to the exciting and increasingly important field of Environmental Engineering, with special focus on the science and technologies we utilize to ensure the safety of our drinking water supplies. More information available at http://faculty.washington.edu/doddm/Personal/WaterWorks.html
Monday December 17th, 2018
1-Day Introductory Workshop - University of Illinois-Urbana
University of Illinois-Urbana
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.