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The NSF IUSE IntroCS-POGIL Project studies how faculty implement Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) in introductory computer science (IntroCS) courses. Our primary goal is to understand factors that most influence faculty to adopt POGIL and how the degree of implementation affects student learning and engagement. A secondary goal is to make it significantly easier to adopt POGIL by disseminating high quality instructional resources and enhancing current professional development practices.

The IntroCS POGIL Project is currently recruiting participants for 2021-2022. Participants must be US college (including community college) faculty who expect to teach CS 1 with Java or Python in 2021-22 and can attend a multi-day POGIL workshop during July 2021. Participants will receive stipends to attend summer training, implement POGIL activities in their courses, work with a mentor while implementing activities their first term, and help with data collection.

To apply, please fill out this application form.


To participate, you must:

  • ● Be a full-time faculty member or long-term adjunct at a US college or university. This includes tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track instructor positions, as well as long-term adjunct instructors. We welcome faculty from all types of institutions, especially those from community colleges, HBCUs, tribal colleges, etc. We encourage you to apply with colleagues from similar institutions (or even the same institution).
  • ● Teach a introductory computer science course using Java or Python at least once every year. For the Acdemic Year 2021-2022, we recognize that these classes may be online, blended, hybrid, face-to-face, or a mix of all of the above. You can use any textbook, LMS, or other tools (e.g., GradeScope). We only require that you use POGIL activities in your class.

See the IntroCS Participant Expectations page for more information about joining the project.

Timeline and Phases

Throughout the project: Assist with Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications at your institution (the IntroCS POGIL project will provide templates and support).

Phase 1: Attend multiple POGIL virtual summer workshops in mid-July, 2021. Most days will run 1-4 pm ET. Workshop registations will be reimbursed.

  • ● Mon-Tue July 12-13, POGIL Fundamentals (or May 17-18)
  • ● Wed July 14, IntroCS specific session
  • ● Mon-Thu July 19-22, POGIL Facilitation
  • ● Fri July 23, IntroCS specific session

Phase 2: Implement POGIL in at least one IntroCS class with support from a mentor, and collect data.

  • ● Use POGIL activities and classroom facilitation at least eight times in your course (of the 30+ activities available).
  • ● Submit a short feedback form for each POGIL activity you use.
  • ● Participate in the IntroCS-POGIL Community of Practice.
  • ● Complete two instructor surveys (pre/post).
  • ● Complete two instructor interviews (at the beginning and end of the course) to discuss teaching with POGIL.
  • ● Administer surveys to your students.
  • ● Collect & submit data on student outcomes (grade distribution in IntroCS course).

Phase 3: Continue to implement POGIL in classes, collect data, and share results.