IntroCS Participant Expectations

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.

Each year, we plan to support approximately 15 participants organized into 4 teams, mentored by 4 experienced POGIL instructors.

To apply, please fill out this application.


To be a participant, you must:

  • Be a full-time faculty member at a US college or university. This includes tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track positions. We welcome faculty from all types of institutions, including community colleges, HBCUs, tribal colleges, etc.
  • Teach a face-to-face (not online or blended) introductory computer science course using Java or Python at least once every year. You can use any textbook, LMS, or other tools (e.g., GradeScope). We only require that you use POGIL activities in your class.

To be a mentor, you must:

  • Be an experienced POGIL instructor from any discipline.
  • You must have attended at least one POGIL regional meeting (more experience is preferred).

Expectations for Participants

As an IntroCS-POGIL participant, you will receive $4000 (in several stages) and travel funds to complete:

2019-20 Academic Year

  • Collect and submit baseline data on student outcomes from your IntroCS course (previous years).

2020 Summer

  • Be assigned to a team with a mentor. We encourage you to apply with colleagues from similar institutions (or even the same institution).
  • Attend a 4-day workshop in mid-July on POGIL pedagogy.
  • Workshop registration and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

2020-21 Academic Year

  • Teach at least one IntroCS course and 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.
  • Provide contact information for your students; they will be asked to complete two online surveys (pre/post), and a subset will be invited to complete student interviews.
  • Collect & submit data on student outcomes (project scores, quiz/exam scores).

At the end of the first year, you will be offered the opportunity to continue with the project and receive an additional stipend and travel funds for:

2021-22 Academic Year

  • Provide data for Year 2.
  • Participate in the IntroCS-POGIL Community of Practice.
Contributors to this page: Clif Kussmaul , Helen Hu and Chris Mayfield .
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