2017 PNM Strategic Plan Working Groups

As part of the application to attend the 2017 POGIL National Meeting, applicants were asked to indicate their choice of projects to work on during the meeting. Attendees of the 2017 PNM worked on the following projects:

• New Approaches for Advanced Practitioners (Continuing group)

This group continued to work on professional development activities for advanced POGIL practitioners. These events may include a one-day Summit, a POGIL Conference, and advanced workshops.

• Testing the Activity Database (Continuing group - formerly Framework for Materials Development)

The activity development network continued to work on a POGIL activity database. It will also continue to develop a database of POGIL activity authors and potential collaborators and instructors who are looking for POGIL activities.

• Classroom Observation Protocol (Continuing group)

This group has been developing/refining a classroom observation protocol specifically oriented toward a POGIL learning environment. It will be developing an evaluation process for beta testers to provide feedback about the protocol. It will also be developing the training needed for the beta testers to use the protocol. 

• Improving Inclusivity (Continuing group)

This group reviewed and made changes to workshop materials (print materials as well as the slide presentations) and is developing guidelines to make POGIL materials and workshops more accessible to non-native English speakers and a range of cultures and contexts.

• Demographics/Data Gathering for Diversity (Continuing group)

The Demographics Group has collected data on POGIL workshop attendance by instructors at more than 500 post-secondary institutions and more than 100 high schools.  The demographics of these so-called "POGIL Institutions" will be compared to the demographic characteristics of POGIL practitioners and of the U.S. education system in order to determine how effectively the POGIL approach is reaching students from all demographic groups.  By the end of the POGIL National Meeting, this group will have used the baseline data to make recommendations to the larger working group for Strategic Goal 3 to help guide their work.  The group will also recommend to the POGIL Project that the database be maintained and updated each year, possibly by members of this Demographics Group.

• EasyRead High School Biology Activities (NEW group)

This new group will work on revising 15-25 activities in the current Flinn book, POGIL Activities for HS Biology, to make the academic language, syntax, and sentence structure more easily accessible to English language learners and to students with language processing challenges.

• Process Skills Assessment (Continuing group)

This group is working on further developing strategies and resources to enhance the facilitation and assessment of process skills in both student interactions and student products in POGIL classroom environments. Group tasks will include analyzing POGIL activities for prompts that elicit process skills, identifying facilitation strategies for promoting process skills, and developing strategies to assess process skills in POGIL classrooms including the use of the ELIPSS Project rubrics. Additionally, it will be developing guidelines for writing process-rich exam questions in various disciplines.

• Revisiting Process Skills in POGIL Sessions (NEW group)

This group will take what we've learned about process skills since the inception of the Introduction to POGIL session and look at how they are integrated into the introductory workshop and beyond.  What does a first-time participant need to know about Process Skills to successfully implement POGIL in their classroom? How can we help an intermediate practitioner be reflective about Process Skills in their classroom, and achieve student growth in Process Skills use? What tools can an advanced practitioner use to fully incorporate and strengthen process skills in their classes? We will suggest modifications to our current workshop sessions to help achieve these goals.