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 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.

Celebrating 15 Years of POGIL


The POGIL Project's Vision

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

Upcoming Workshops We're Excited About 

Saturday November 13th, 2021
2021 Fundamentals of POGIL Virtual Workshop
Virtual - Zoom
This virtual event is an introductory workshop and is designed for those with limited or no previous exposure to POGIL. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in POGIL activities, observe facilitation strategies firsthand, and learn about POGIL classroom implementation. After attending this session, participants will be able to: list the essential elements of POGIL pedagogy and philosophy list desirable student learning outcomes supported by POGIL pedagogy collect strategies to begin implementing POGIL in the classroom
Monday November 15th, 2021
POGIL Sprint Activity Writing Session
Do you have an idea for a POGIL activity you'd like to write? Would you like some help writing a short activity that you can pilot with students and refine? If so, we invite you to join us for Sprint Activity Writing. In a 90-minute virtual session, we will each draft a mini activity, starting with learning objectives and working backwards. This is a great way to review workshop content on effective learning objectives, robust models, learning cycles, etc.