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Step 5: Incorporate Best Practices Within Your Inquiry-based Activity

ABOUT THIS STEP

In step 5 you develop your inquiry-based classroom activity. You start by drafting a design document describing the activity you plan to implement. Then you read research summaries of six design principles that support learners in inquiry investigations. In the last step 5 activity you revise your draft, using the design principles as a framework, to reflect the best practices in inquiry-based learning.

Alignment and Design Space
During steps 1-4 you aligned the six fundamental parameters that characterize your inquiry-based activity. You identified a project, selected standards you would address, formulated and pilot tested a question for your learners to answer, and developed an assessment tool to measure what learners already know about the identified standards. In this step you will turn these parameters into a classroom activity.

 

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Figure 1. The Virtual Design Center scenario design space for inquiry-based learning activities—the six faces of the design space cube.

Dimensions of Inspiration
The Virtual Design Center recommends that you incorporate research-based design principles into the design of your inquiry-based activity. These principles include offering learner choices for the activity, fostering learners’ multiple abilities, promoting self-regulation, encouraging team research, engaging learners in argumentation, and scaffolding learners’ organization of knowledge. 

These principles help you address the five dimensions of inspiration. By organizing knowledge and engaging in argumentation, learners construct a solid mental model of the domain knowledge. Engaging in team research and argumentation helps learners understand the practice of science. Making choices and self-regulating their own learning processes lets learners identify themselves as individuals who can accomplish science tasks (identity and self-efficacy). By working on the activity as a team, learners establish relations with others in the team and the scientists in the world who work on similar real-world problems (identity and imagination). The inquiry activity allows learners to invent their own solutions, within which learners can cultivate their creativity and imagination. 

Activities and NASA Review Criteria Matrix
The matrix below summarizes the activities to be completed in this step and explains how to meet NASA’s product review criteria. 

Activity

Summary/Deliverable

NASA'S Product Review

Activity 5-1: Describe Your Activity Ideas

Discuss with your facilitator your ideas for an inquiry-based activity. Deliverable 5-1 is informal. Post your ideas to the discussion board.

These activities address following review criteria:

A-1, A-2. Quality and Appropriateness

C-6. Evaluation/
Assessment

Read Virtual Design Center Step 5: NASA Criteria Connect.

Activity 5-2: Consider Best Practices

Read six design principles about best practices in inquiry-based learning. Complete the guiding questions to help revise your ideas.

Complete Deliverable 5-2: Guiding Questions Outline.

Activity 5-3: Create Your Inquiry-based Activity

Create your inquiry-based activity incorporating the best practices in inquiry-based learning. For deliverable 5-3, describe how your inquiry-based activity will be implemented in your setting. Post it to the discussion board.

Start the activities in the matrix and return to this page when you are finished.

Continue to Activity 5-1.

DEBRIEFING
Through step 5 you have developed your inquiry-based classroom activity. You might want to make some changes to the deliverables from previous steps. Resubmit them with your step 5 deliverables and briefly explain the changes.  

Once your team is satisfied with your step 5 deliverables, submit them to the discussion board. Share your experiences with step 5. Your facilitator will review your documents and provide feedback.

In step 6 you will incorporate learning technologies to support your inquiry-based classroom activity. When you are ready, move to step 6.

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