In POGIL, students work in teams, and each team member is typically assigned a specific role. Roles help to engage all team members, and remind them of key responsibilities. Although a team may stay together for weeks or months, they usually rotate roles for each activity, so that all students develop skills for all roles. Typical roles include:
|Manager or Facilitator||Keeps the team on task and on schedule.|
|Recorder or Quality Control||Records answers for the team, or ensures that all members have correct answers.|
|Presenter or Speaker or Spokesperson||Presents answers (or questions) to the class, instructor, or other teams.|
|Reflector or Strategy Analyst or Process Analyst||Considers how the team is working and how it could improve in the future.|
Some instructors find it helpful to use visual aids that indicate which team member has which role, and what duties it entails. For example:
- Give each team member a role card that indicates their role and its responsibilities.
- Give each team a role wheel that goes in the middle of the table and indicates who has which role.
These aids can be printed on card stock and/or laminated if they will be used repeatedly. Two sets of role cards and a role wheel are attached below.