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POGIL: An Introduction to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning

July 21, 2022  / Tags: POGIL, Effective Group Work, Assessing Teaching, Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, active learning, Promoting Metacognition, Team-Based Learning, Assessing Learning

The Lucas Center for Faculty Development invites you to a workshop on:

POGIL: An Introduction to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning
With Guest Facilitator: Shawn R. Simonson, Ed.D., C.S.C.S., ACSM EP-C

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is a learner-centered pedagogy based on research into how people learn that results in improved student content and process skill outcomes across a variety of academic disciplines.  This workshop serves as an active introduction to POGIL and an exploration of the benefits of this approach to active learning in the classroom.  Participants will experience a POGIL-based learning environment, analyze activities to understand how guided-inquiry is structured in a POGIL classroom, and consider classroom facilitation and other issues related to the implementation of POGIL.

This workshop will be facilitated on both Thursday, September 8th at 1:00p-2:30p and Friday, September 9th at 11:00a-12:30p in the Lucas Center (LIB-221).

Register for the September 8th SessionRegister for the September 9th Session


Dr. Shawn Simonson is a Professor and the Director of the Human Performance Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology at Boise State University.  He also serves as a Faculty Associate in the Center for Teaching and Learning.  Professional certifications include the Exercise Physiologist – Certified (EP-C) from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), POGIL Facilitator from The POGIL Project, TBL Trainer-Consultant from the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC), and Scuba Instructor from the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI).  He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as laboratory and performance-oriented courses and has been using POGIL since 2008 and facilitating POGIL workshops since 2011.  Simonson conducts research in exercise (novel conditioning programs) and environmental physiology as well as in the scholarship of teaching and learning.  He is currently the principal investigator of an NSF grant to study the assessment of teaching at the university level.  Shawn facilitates workshops in a variety of active learning strategies and pedagogies.