On Tuesday, October 16, Amy Rushall and I co-facilitated a Faculty Development Workshop at Northern Arizona University. The title of our workshop was “Designing Inquiry-Based Learning Experiences.” Here is the abstract for our session.

What is inquiry-based learning (IBL)? Why use IBL? How can you incorporate more IBL into the classes that you teach? In this talk, we will address all of these questions, as well as discuss a few different examples of what an IBL classroom might look like in practice.

The participants in the workshop, which included a cohort of visiting Chinese scholars, represented a wide variety of disciplines including math, chemistry, computer science, hotel and restaurant management, business, and more.

The purpose of my portion of the workshop was to introduce inquiry-based learning (IBL) in general terms and provide motivation for why teachers should consider implementing IBL in their classrooms. Below are my slides for the workshop.

Note: These slides are essentially a subset of slides for similar talks that I’ve given recently. In particular, see this blog post and this one.

Amy’s part of the workshop addressed more specific ways in which one might apply IBL techniques.


Dana C. Ernst

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