Pogil - Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning

Mission Statement

The mission of The POGIL Project is to connect and support educators from all disciplines interested in implementing, improving, and studying student-centered pedagogies and learning environments.


We envision an educational system in which effective student-centered instruction is the norm. 


We believe that:

  • students learn best when they are given an opportunity to construct their own understanding;
  • student-to-student interaction is an important part of the learning process;
  • the strongest learning environments promote shared responsibility between instructors and students;
  • a POGIL learning environment is broadly applicable and effective in accomplishing a variety of important learning goals;
  • growth in relevant and appropriate process skills in the context of a POGIL learning environment promotes growth in students as learners; 
  • assessment is a process designed to improve future performance, so effective assessment is the key to continual improvement.

We strive to:

  • support educators’ diverse classroom goals by developing, assessing, and disseminating materials that simultaneously develop content knowledge and key process skills;
  • promote an understanding of education research so that educators from diverse backgrounds and disciplines can network to improve education as a whole;
  • improve teaching and learning; 
  • promote ongoing professional growth through the scholarship of teaching and learning ;
  • practice what we preach by using active learning methods in our faculty development workshops and in our classrooms.

The POGIL Project Long-Term Goals

  • To find continuing financial support to fulfill the mission of the Project.
  • Provide structured support for continuing professional development within the educational community.
  • Provide structured support that would allow members to develop materials for classroom use.
  • Expand the "universe" of membership: we want members from all disciplines, from different levels of teaching experience, from different types of educational institutions, and from different ethnic or cultural backgrounds.
  • To contribute to the body of work happening around the country that will make student and learning-centered approaches to teaching the norm.
  • Provide a "laboratory" for education researchers; connect researchers with teachers and classrooms for study.