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The Inquiry Page

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  • Inquiry Teaching & Learning class

  • Illinois Board of Higher Education, Chickscope Professional Development

  • Committee on Institutional Cooperation

  • NCSA staff, students at Purdue and UIUC

  • UI Research Board

  • Inquiry partners

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  • Course website

  • Project website

  • Ease of use issues

  • Increasing support for collaboration

  • Shift to community focus

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What is Inquiry?

  • Creating opportunities to engage students in active learning based on their own questions.

  • A learner centered and learner driven process.

  • A cycle where each question leads to an exploration which will then lead to more questions to investigate.

  • The process of asking, investigating, creating, discussing, and reflecting, and then asking again.

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What is the Inquiry Page?

  • Partner project

  • Resource for inquiry teaching philosophy

  • Collaborative teaching & learning community

  • Lesson planning support and idea site

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Inquiry involves students as active learners. They may hatch chickens, run a business, or investigate evolution.

How does Inquiry work?

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The Inquiry Page

… is designed to foster inquiry-based learning. Participants include community members, P-12 teachers, museum educators, librarians, university students and faculty, scientists, and others engaged in a variety of lifelong and informal learning activities. The development of the site has been design-through-use: The processes of creating, using, and critiquing the site and the resources within it should exemplify the open-ended aspects of inquiry and social participation that the site itself is encouraging.

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A collaboratory, where users

  • find resources to support inquiry-based learning

  • share, discuss and build upon each others' work

  • use tools offered by Inquiry partners

  • explore new ways to assess inquiry-based learning

  • dialogue with others about new approaches to teaching, learning, and community problem-solving

  • participate in the institutions that affect their lives

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  • Quote of the Day: Writings on inquiry

  • Collaborative technologies

  • Inquiry in Action: What inquiry looks like

  • Evaluation/Assessment resources

  • Collaborative bibliography

  • Inquiry Units: Searchable database of Units

  • Inquiry Partners: projects, courses, libraries, museums, schools, community groups, …

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Types of Inquiry Units

  • Lesson plan

  • Syllabus

  • Student work product

  • Locus for collaborative investigation

  • Policy discussion thread

  • Community action plan

  • Multimedia digital library document

  • Pathfinder or bibliography

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Curriculum units

  • Graduate course:What are the processes and consequences of electronic publication?

  • Reflection on teaching:What directions do children's interests take in story reading as inquiry?

  • Activities to connect science and language: What does hatching chicks have to do with language arts??

  • Workshop on poetry writing: Poetry as play

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Library resources

  • Multilingual needs:What library and information services are provided for librarians serving the Latino community? How can we present these in the form of a website to librarians and other information professionals?

  • Policy statement on a collection: What sort of selection policy would be appropriate for developing a 'zine collection?

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Independent inquiry

  • How can a former language arts teacher utilize his or her experience in a library science career?

  • How can one create an evaluation scheme for web sites focusing on books for junior high students?

  • How can one create a pathfinder to aid students in literary reports?

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Community action

  • Create Your Personal SisterNet Spiritual Health Plan

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Next steps

  • Partners: National Science Digital Library, STC Water, Living on the Prairie, East St. Louis, Sisternet, Chicago Lab School, visualization of web

  • Search: VisIT, VIBE

  • Use in courses

  • Collaboratory enhancements

  • Business & Technical Writing program

  • Bibliography tool

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  • Weekly meeting: Tuesday, 5:00-6:00 pm at 131 LIS, 501 E. Daniel

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