POGIL is a teaching pedagogy that makes students feel

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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 January 20th, 2020
1-Day Private Introductory Workshop - Penn State Abington
Abington, PA
This workshop will introduce teachers to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) 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. Facilitator: Clif Kussmaul
Saturday January 11th, 2020
POGIL NW Summit Meeting - Puget Sound Country
13829 101st. Place, NE Kirkland, WA 98034
An informal opportunity to share your experiences, ask questions, try out new activities, and network with other POGIL practitioners. BONUS! 3-9 STEM clock hours available through Seattle Pacific University $15 per Summit. Upcoming summits - January 11, 2020 and March 28, 2020. Anyone interested in process oriented guided inquiry learning is welcome. Bring your peers! Please RSVP to Mare Sulllivan at joe.mare.sullivan@gmail.com or 425-821-6884 so we can provide adequate light breakfast and beverages. BYO coffee - there are two Starbucks located within six blocks. Use Google maps, not GPS.