In this online Moodle course, participants will learn inquiry-based teaching and learning strategies to use in their classrooms. Each participant will apply these strategies to explore a contemporary American Indian issue as part of a class-wide inquiry, and an additional American Indian issue of his or her choosing for the free-inquiry portion. This course requires participants to be self-directed and highly motivated, a background in inquiry or American Indian issues is not necessary.
Credit: 45 OPI Renewal Units or *3 Semester Credits pending (semester credits are offered through the University of Montana and are an additional fee of $155. The course instructor will provide a separate registration form). The total cost savings is 50% by going through WMPLC to get university continuing education credits.
This course requires the participant to access a couple of texts through their school or public library or purchase said materials from booksellers such as Amazon. The instructor may be available to assist with locating copies, if needed.
- Develop personal background knowledge around contemporary American Indian issues.
- Explore the inquiry-based approach to learning and teaching by participating in Inquiry as both teachers and students.
- Design a structured inquiry to use in their classrooms.
- Reflect on ways to integrate IEFA into their content area using an inquiry-based approach.
- Demonstrate comprehension of the content through the completion of two student-led inquiries: One guided and one self-directed.
- Explore the learning process by participating in weekly forum discussions and completing readings and related assignments.
- Design and complete a free-inquiry, which includes a final, original product as a reflection of their learning and understanding.
- Create a detailed, IEFA integrated inquiry-based unit within their content area to use in their classrooms (graduate credit only).
How to Enroll: Visit the Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative registration website