Use It In Your Learning Environment
Throughout inquiry-based learning, instructors play a crucial role by providing scaffolds and models for learners to follow as they navigate texts to illuminate the central question. This will also limit learner frustration throughout the inquiry process as they come to understand the process and necessary actions through modeling. Instructor presence is important for further questions during the process to promote critical thinking, Problem Solving, and stimulate the question generation process. Four types of inquiry are often utilized for instruction: confirmation inquiry, structured inquiry, guided inquiry, and open inquiry.
Product developers can enrich online platforms for instructors by creating forums in which instructors can create a map for inquiry. This map can include suggested activities and actions to help instructors further scaffold the inquiry experience. Developers can also provide the capability for instructors to embed questions within texts and allow learners to ask their own questions of each other and the larger community.