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POGIL eLearning Events

Check the calendar for more information on all of these 2021-2022 events.

eSeries and Webinar Events

All eSeries begin at 7 PM Eastern time

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Addressing Equity: Book Discussion
Book Selection: Zaretta Hammond’s Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
We will meet on the third Wednesday of the month on 9/22/21, 10/20/21, 11/17/21 from 8:00-9:00 pm ET. Please join your POGIL colleagues in conversations about what it means to be a culturally responsive teacher and how we can apply this to our lives and classrooms. We hope that this book discussion group will help us achieve two goals of our PNM working group: to determine ways in which we can aspire to promote and model antiracism both as educators and as POGIL practitioners, and to develop a body of educators who are thoughtful, reflective, and think deeply about diversity, inclusion, and equity. These goals are reflected in The POGIL Project’s objective to have all work reflect antiracist and equity-producing practices. Attendees of recent PNM and NCAPP events were invited to join the Book Discussion Group, but if you are interested and there is still space, we welcome you to join too! Please contact Laura Parmentier at for the registration code.
Book Discussion Group Facilitators: Kelly Butler, Stephanie Erickson, and Laura Parmentier


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

eSeries: Developing Questions to Facilitate and Provide Evidence of Student Process Skills
Renée Cole, University of Iowa
Juliette Lantz, Drew University
Suzanne Ruder, Virginia Commonwealth University


Monday, November 1, 2021

Webinar:  Poverty, Parents and Pressure: How grading and assessment decisions can make things better…or worse 
Myron Dueck, Author and Educational Consultant
Poverty is a reality for countless students and their families, and too often our grading and assessment policies and practices in the classroom further exacerbate the challenges they face. Many students take on an array of activities and responsibilities from clubs and sports to humanitarian efforts, only to struggle under an immense strain to perform at a top level. Considering the diversity of our communities of learners, we are forced to consider how grading and assessment routines might be changed to improve the educational outlook for students who live in challenging situations.  Explore how changes to traditional grading and assessment structures can help students overcome the hurdles imposed by poverty, the pressure of activities and academics, and other complexities. 
Key outcomes include:
  • Review and examine research around the effects of poverty and stress on student achievement.
  • Consider the negative effects of traditional forms of grading and assessment on students living in difficult situations.
  • Examine replacement routines to homework, assessment and grading decisions that improve student disposition, especially those considered to be ‘at-risk’.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

eSeries: Grading for Equity
Teresa Bixby, Lewis University
Tina Hanson-Lewis, California State University Chico
In this web-based session, facilitators Teresa Bixby and Tina Hanson-Lewis will guide a discussion on implementing equitable grading practices. Bixby (Lewis University) and Hanson-Lewis (California State University, Chico) will help you:
  • Recognize effective feedback strategies for formative assessment,
  • Explore the foundations of equitable grading practices for summative assessment, and
  • Discuss their applications in a POGIL classroom.
Registration for this event is limited to 36 people.  


Monday, December 6, 2021

eSeries: Intentional Team Formation: Belonging & Inclusion to Aid the Transition Back to F2F Learning
Ashley Mahoney, Bethel University
Kristy Mardis, Chicago State University
In this web-based session, facilitators Ashley Mahoney and Kristy Mardis will guide a discussion on belonging and how a sense of belonging impacts success for underserved student populations. Mahoney (Bethel University) and Mardis (Chicago State University) will help you identify barriers to belonging in your classroom; consider belonging in group formation; develop 2-3 actions to increase and support a sense of belonging in the POGIL classroom as we transition back to face-to-face learning.

Wednesday, January 19 2022

eSeries: Incorporating Real-World Context into POGIL Activities
Dan King, Drexel University
Andri Smith, Quinnipiac University
Facilitators Dan King and Andri Smith will guide a discussion about incorporating real world context into POGIL activities. In this virtual session, participants will:    
  • Explore case studies and context-based POGIL activities that can provide context for course content.
  • Identify key advantages and challenges associated with incorporating context when using POGIL activities.
  • Discuss key features of effective context for use in POGIL activities.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

eSeries: The Role, or Not, of Lecture in POGIL
Craig Teague, Cornell College 
Kristi Deaver, Ankeny Centennial High School
Facilitators Kristi Deaver and Craig Teaguewill guide participants in exploring the role, if any, of lecture in a POGIL classroom.  In this virtual session, participants will work together to:   
  • Explore what we mean by lecture and interactive lecture.
  • Discuss when and why one might choose to use lecture while considering details and potential pitfalls of instructional approaches.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Webinar: Making Colleges Work for Students: Integrating Equity-Minded Practices
Donnell Butler, Founder and President of Opportunity College
In 2012, Franklin & Marshall College recruited a national expert in student success, Dr. Donnell Butler, to catalyze its DEI efforts associated with college access and success. During his tenure, F&M doubled its students of color and tripled its first-generation college-going and Pell student population. Concurrently, the retention rate, GPA, and graduation rate for first-generation college goers and students receiving need-based financial aid climbed to equal or better outcomes than their full cohorts.
In 2019, Dr. Butler left F&M to advance that work by conducting a landscape analysis of education organizations that were improving college success outcomes for students from low‐income households. His research findings prompted the 2021 founding of Opportunity College. Opportunity College is a nonprofit, online, career-connected, postsecondary learning and training program that seeks to enhance both degree completion and upward economic mobility for first-generation college students from low-income households.
In this webinar, we will explore how the evolving demographics and experiences of college students are prompting innovative equity-minded student success practices and a reimagining of higher education for the 21st Century.


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

eSeries: Interactive Models
An Le, Florida Southern College
Chris Oerhlein, Oklahoma City Community College
Join us as we guide participants in exploring how interactive elements, simulations, and applets can be incorporated into POGIL activities.  In this virtual session, participants will work together to: 
  • Engage in guided and free play using interactive simulations
  • Discuss ways that simulations and interactive elements can be incorporated as a part of the POGIL Learning Cycle
  • Brainstorm ways that interactive elements can be included as part of an overall teaching strategy