The Themed Conversation Series is a series of noon-hour discussions, hosted by the Teaching Academy once a month, which explore a range of topics related to teaching in higher education. These conversations give participants an opportunity to share experiences, explore ideas, and dialogue with peers about a variety of teaching issues.
This themed conversation will focus on inquiry-based learning. Inquiry based learning is a pedagogical approach that is typically characterized by learner-centered and student driven design, where students are actively involved in shaping and enacting the learning process. Inquiry based learning is highly collaborative, and often involves the instructor taking a role as a facilitator rather than a “teacher.” At present, there are very few supports and resources available for instructors who are using inquiry-based learning strategies in their university classes. We will discuss what people are doing with inquiry-based learning, how the process could be better supported, and how we might begin to develop a community of practice focused on inquiry based learning at the University of Calgary.