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the inquiry page

The Inquiry Page

  • 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
  • Course website
  • Project website
  • Ease of use issues
  • Increasing support for collaboration
  • Shift to community focus
what is inquiry
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.
what is the inquiry page
What is the Inquiry Page?
  • Partner project
  • Resource for inquiry teaching philosophy
  • Collaborative teaching & learning community
  • Lesson planning support and idea site
the inquiry page7
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.

a collaboratory where users
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
  • 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, …
types of inquiry units
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
curriculum units
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
library resources
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?
independent inquiry
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?
community action
Community action
  • Create Your Personal SisterNet Spiritual Health Plan
next steps
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
  • Weekly meeting: Tuesday, 5:00-6:00 pm at 131 LIS, 501 E. Daniel
  • Events:
  • Listservs: all, developers, DIME, research, technical, assessment, …
  • Participatory design