Registration Now Open Atlanta, GA September 20-23, 2017

2017 Tapia Conference

Guiding Students to Discover CS Concepts & Develop Process Skills using POGIL

Friday, September 22, 2017 — 3:30PM - 5:00PM

This workshop introduces Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) to anyone who teaches CS or related subjects. POGIL is an evidence-based approach, and has been shown to significantly improve student performance. In a POGIL classroom, teams of 3-4 learners work on activities with a particular structure based on learning cycles. Students discover concepts and construct their own knowledge, while developing process skills and individual responsibility. The teacher is not a lecturer, but an active facilitator who helps all students to be engaged and achieve the learning objectives. Workshop participants will work through POGIL activities as students, and work through POGIL meta-activities that are designed to help teachers learn core POGIL concepts, practices, and benefits. We will share POGIL materials for a variety of CS courses and concepts. For more information, see and, including activities for CS1, CS2, and other courses. Laptops optional.

Workshop Organizer/ Moderator:
Helen H. Hu, Westminster College