Inquiry-based Research & Scenario-based Learning

Inquiry-based Research gives students wicked problems to solve based on observation and gathering evidence. Inquiry-based research asks students to connect key concepts and questions with active involvement in discipline-specific inquiry methods and research. The goal is to involve students with actively contested questions, empirical observation, using discipline-specific technologies, and the sense of excitement that comes from working to find answers to important questions and/or to present more questions.

Scenario-based Learning uses interactive scenarios to support active learning (problem-based or case-based learning). Students work their way through a storyline/scenario based on an ill-structured or complex problem that they have to solve individually and/or as a group. In the scenario, students must apply both disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving skills in a real-world context. All of this invites recursive teaching and learning strategies—living in the scenario.

For resources to implement Inquiry-based Research and/or Scenario-based Learning in your courses, contact your course/program coordinator and/or your Associate Dean.