Writing Guidelines

The POGIL Project has developed a number of documents to aid potential authors in developing their own activities. We suggest reading these documents to help familiarize yourself with what makes for a POGIL activity:

Author Guidelines for Developing Activities: Rather than simply a template, this document outlines characteristics of POGIL materials and gives examples of general types of POGIL activities, as well as offers suggested guidelines.

Characteristics and Types of POGIL Activities: This document describes the two general types of POGIL activities—learning cycle activities and application activities. 

Resources to develop your own POGIL activity:

Writing Content Learning Objectives: POGIL activities have specific content learning objectives.  Content learning objectives are statements of what students will be able to “do” as a result of completing the activity.  Authors should focus on these goals when writing a classroom activity.

Writing Process Skill Goals: POGIL's explicit emphasis on the development of process skills as an important component of the student learning experience includes both cognitive and affective processes that students use to acquire, interpret, and apply knowledge.

Basic POGIL Classroom Implementation: This document describes core characteristics and common attributes of POGIL classroom implementations and facilitation strategies.

Elements of a Typical Classroom Activity: This instructional checklist aids authors in developing POGIL classroom activities.


The Project uses several rubrics to provide meaningful feedback.