Overcoming the glassy-eyed nod: an application of process-oriented guided inquiry learning techniques in information technology

Myers, Trina, Monypenny, Richard, and Trevathan, Jarrod (2012) Overcoming the glassy-eyed nod: an application of process-oriented guided inquiry learning techniques in information technology. Journal of Learning Design, 5 (1). pp. 12-22.

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Abstract

Two problems faced by universities are to ensure sustainability and to produce quality graduates. Four aspects of these problems are to improve engagement, to foster interaction, develop required skills and to effectively gauge the level of attention and comprehension within lecture and large tutorial teaching environments. Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is a technique used to teach in large lecture and tutorial forums. It invokes interaction, team building, learning and interest through highly structured group work. This paper describes a new approach to teaching Information Technology (IT) using POGIL. Two IT subjects were chosen for the implementation of the POGIL technique to explore its potential to resolve the aforementioned issues. Preliminary results from teacher, student and institution perspectives suggest that POGIL is better able to maximise engagement, foster interaction and effectively gauge the level of attention and comprehension in teaching process-oriented IT concepts compared to the traditional didactic approach.

Item ID: 21666
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: POGIL, research-based education, active learning, information technology
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ISSN: 1832-8342
Date Deposited: 15 May 2012 05:59
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0899 Other Information and Computing Sciences > 089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 80%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development @ 50%
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