Title

Flipping the Classroom using Modified POGIL Activities

Subject Area

Foreign Language Pedagogy

Abstract

POGIL or Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning is a method that requires students to work in small groups, view models or diagrams, and answer carefully designed questions that guide them to an understanding of the subject matter on their own, with minimal direction from the instructor. POGIL is a highly effective method that engages students in activities that build language proficiency as well as independent learning skills, critical thinking skills, and teamwork.

Preliminary results from completed student assignments show that a modified version of the POGIL method may also prove effective in a flipped classroom environment. Instead of working in groups, students gain initial understanding of a concept by completing a modified POGIL activity in English or in the target language at home. When students return to class, they reinforce their understanding of the concept by communicating and practicing what they’ve learned at home in a group setting.

Although more research needs to be done, anecdotal evidence from this instructor’s completed student assignments, as well as in-class activity show that students acquire a better understanding of the subject matter when their flipped classroom materials include modified POGIL activities.

Brief Bio Note

Dr. Catherine Johnson is an associate professor in German at Georgia Southern University. Her research interests include second language acquisition, issues of race, ethnicity and nationality in German-speaking countries, and POGIL (Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning).

Keywords

Flipped Classroom, POGIL, Pedagogy

Location

Room 217

Presentation Year

2017

Start Date

3-24-2017 4:25 PM

Embargo

11-4-2016

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Mar 24th, 4:25 PM

Flipping the Classroom using Modified POGIL Activities

Room 217

POGIL or Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning is a method that requires students to work in small groups, view models or diagrams, and answer carefully designed questions that guide them to an understanding of the subject matter on their own, with minimal direction from the instructor. POGIL is a highly effective method that engages students in activities that build language proficiency as well as independent learning skills, critical thinking skills, and teamwork.

Preliminary results from completed student assignments show that a modified version of the POGIL method may also prove effective in a flipped classroom environment. Instead of working in groups, students gain initial understanding of a concept by completing a modified POGIL activity in English or in the target language at home. When students return to class, they reinforce their understanding of the concept by communicating and practicing what they’ve learned at home in a group setting.

Although more research needs to be done, anecdotal evidence from this instructor’s completed student assignments, as well as in-class activity show that students acquire a better understanding of the subject matter when their flipped classroom materials include modified POGIL activities.