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The Learning Cycle is what is used as the basis for writing a POGIL activity. Through a carefully crafted guided inquiry approach, the exploration of a model occurs through direct questioning. Concept invention then takes place as students begin to see patterns and relationships in the data and terms are introduced. Finally, questions are posed that ask students to address the application of a concept to new situations.

Process Skills Definitions

One of the principles that characterizes POGIL as a teaching strategy and philosophy is the explicit emphasis on the development of process skills as an important component of the student learning process.  The process skills that we refer to here include both cognitive and affective processes that students use to acquire, interpret, and apply knowledge.  At its outset, The POGIL Project identified seven process skills as those that would be the focus of development in a POGIL classroom.

  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Management
  • Information Processing
  • Assessment (Self-Assessment and Metacognition)

Implementation Guide

The POGIL Project has created an implementation guide, available through Flinn Scientific and created by POGIL practitioners, for those of you who are just getting started. It is full of tips and resources to help teachers have a successful experience using POGIL in their classrooms.  


The POGIL Project supports student-centered learning in all disciplines. Teachers from a variety of backgrounds have published articles focused on their research and experiences actively engaging their students in the classroom.  Articles which provide a broad overview of process oriented quided inquiry learning are listed here.

Related Links

There are many organizations that do work that is compatible with the POGIL pedagogy.  Click here to see a list of other websites and groups.