The 2015-16 featured faculty will be posted soon. WWU faculty, please share your innovative approach to using inquiry-based learning, if you would like it included in our new publication.

The 2015-16 Innovative Teaching Showcase theme, “Inquiry-based Learning,” seeks to honor faculty who use inquiry to guide their teaching practice or the learning process in a course.

Through this year's Showcase we will learn more about the ways several instructors at WWU have implemented this approach:

  • a single guiding question as the basis for an entire course
  • a method of teaching using many questions to guide discussions, such as the Socratic method
  • a questioning process used by students as a method in practice, research, or project-based learning
  • using inquiry to make meaning in experiential, field work, or internship settings
  • using digital technologies to support the inquiry process
  • drawing upon literature, data, or other sources to develop and analyze hypotheses, thesis arguments, or other avenues of inquiry

For 16 years, the Innovative Teaching Showcase has evolved into a solid set of best practices by over 50 WWU faculty. A strong international audience connects with the Showcase site regularly (over 10,000 page views + 15,000 video views per year!).

The Innovative Teaching Showcase is an online publication created by the Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment (CIIA) at Western Washington University (WWU) as a way to highlight and share exceptional teaching practices by WWU faculty.

Each year members of the campus community nominate several WWU instructors who exemplify the Showcase teaching strategy theme.

Showcases include:

  • video interviews
  • portfolio write-up of teaching approach
  • syllabi and assignments
  • relevant examples, comments, resources
  • alignment to institutional goals

The CIIA Advisory Board reviews nominees for inclusion in each year's Innovative Teaching Showcase. Selected instructors work with the CIIA to develop the resource through the end of spring term. The published work remains on the site permanently.

“Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a method of instruction that places the student, the subject, and their interaction at the center of the learning experience. At the same time, it transforms the role of the teacher from that of dispensing knowledge to one of facilitating learning. It repositions him or her, physically, from the front and center of the classroom to someplace in the middle or back of it, as it subtly yet significantly increases his or her involvement in the thought-processes of the students.”
– E. Lee May, Salisbury State University (Learn more: Academy of Inquiry Based Learning)
ISSN: 2374-9415