Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dr. Chris Bauer Professor, University of New Hampshire: Certified POGIL Instructor

at the Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC)

Who Should Attend:

Middle and High School Educators: STEM Related Disciplines (Science, Math, Technology, Engineering)

About the Workshop:

What is Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)?

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, or POGIL, is a student-centered, group-learning instructional strategy and philosophy developed through research on how students learn best. The POGIL approach seeks to bridge the gap between concept and understanding by providing an innovative classroom and teaching model that allows students to work together to develop and construct important concepts of science, mathematics, and other disciplines, as well as cultivate lifelong learning skills. The goal of the POGIL approach is not only to develop content mastery through students’ construction of their own understanding, but also to enhance important learning skills such as information processing, oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and metacognition and assessment. The POGIL approach remains effective because it allows students to not simply learn material, but to discover and understand fundamental concepts about the subject, and about themselves as learners.

This workshop will provide an introduction to POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) and will explore the benefits of this approach to active learning in the classroom. Participants will experience a POGIL-based learning environment, analyze activities, understand how guided inquiry is structured in a POGIL classroom, and consider classroom facilitation and other issues related to the implementation of POGIL.

Participants will leave with POGIL materials designed to guide students through exploration to construct understanding. In addition to content mastery, students in POGIL classrooms develop important team work, leadership and analysis skills.


As a result of attending, participants will:

  • Introduce the POGIL Process
  • Explore the benefits of using POGIL approach to learning
  • Experience a POGIL-based learning environment
  • Analyze activities and understand how guided inquiry is structured in a POGIL classroom
  • Consider classroom facilitation and other issues related to the implementation of POGIL

About the Presenter

Christopher F. Bauer is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire. His research addresses student misconceptions, attitudes about learning and courses, discovery-based chemistry curricula, and faculty beliefs and practice. He has presented many workshops on teaching and learning for elementary, secondary, and university teachers. Recognitions include the UNH Jean Brierley teaching award, the Howard Wagner Award for Outstanding Contribution to Science Education in NH (NHSTA), the chair of the 2007 Gordon Conference on Chemical Education Research and Practice, and the Ted Ashford Fellowship from the ACS Examinations Institute. He works with major curriculum projects including Peer-Led Team Learning, Calibrated Peer Review, POGIL, and other NSF projects as an assessment consultant. At UNH, teaching responsibilities include General Chemistry for biological and physical sciences and a graduate course in Teaching and Learning in Science for STEM graduate students. Recent NSF professional development funding includes a transformational workshop for STEM graduate students at leading chemistry research departments, and design and full video documentation of an inquiry-based course.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Check-in and continental breakfast starts at 8:00 am

Presentation starts at 8:30 Lunch at SERESC

Adjourn: 3:30 pm

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for 6 contact hours

Cost: $ 225.00

Early Registration Discounted Cost: $ 195.00, if registered by May 4, 2016 ---Enter discount code: early*registration

Registration ends May 11, 2016

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Bedford, NH 03110


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