Scaling-up process-oriented guided inquiry learning techniques for teaching large information systems courses

Trevathan, Jarrod, Gray, Heather, and Myers, Trina (2014) Scaling-up process-oriented guided inquiry learning techniques for teaching large information systems courses. Journal of Learning Design, 7 (3). pp. 23-38.

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Promoting engagement during lectures becomes significantly more challenging as class sizes increase. Therefore, lecturers need to experiment with new teaching methodologies to embolden deep learning outcomes and to develop interpersonal skills amongst students. Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is a teaching approach that uses highly structured group work during lessons so that students construct content. Each group member takes on a role for which the other group members rely on, and then the group reports back to the class. This paper describes how POGIL was adapted for use in a large first year Information Systems course. Quantitative and qualitative results suggest that students are receptive to POGIL, as the approach creates a relaxed, friendly and trusting community that is typically not present in classes that use a didactic teaching style. We provide a discussion of lessons learned with regard to using POGIL in a large lecture theatre and give recommendations for how to improve interactivity amongst the class.

Item ID: 32316
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1832-8342
Keywords: POGIL, online delivery, student interaction, active learning
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Projects and Grants: Australian Council of Deans of ICT (ACDICT) Learning and Teaching Academy (ALTA)
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2014 04:20
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 20%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction @ 80%
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