How to Create Your Own Inquiry Unit (#7)

In this Tutorial you will learn how to:


Step 1

From any Inquiry web page you will be able to see the “Inquiry Units” button in the sidebar on the left-hand side of the screen.

Find and click on this “Inquiry Units” button. You are now at the “Search Inquiry Units” page. Follow the instructions below.

Step 2

You are now at the point where you can access the “Add a Unit” feature.

NOTE: You must be logged-in in order to create your own Inquiry Unit. (See tutorial #2.)

A. Click on the "Add a Unit" button at the top left just under the banner. You are now ready to create your own Inquiry Unit.

B.What you see in front of you now is a blank Inquiry Unit form. Your first and last name and your email address should have been filled in automatically by the computer. If these fields are blank, type your name and email address into the boxes provided, as they are required fields.

C. Next, click on the appropriate circle either designating your unit as "Public" or "Private". For right now, we suggest that you keep it at the default setting, "Public."

D. Click on the appropriate circle, either “Yes” or “No”, next to the question, "Is this unit ready to use?".

E. Click on the appropriate circle, either “Yes” or “No”, next to the question, "Do you want your email address on your unit?"

F. Type the names and email addresses of any coauthors into the given boxes (if you're working in teams). Click on the appropriate circle next to each coauthor’s email address, either “Yes” or “No”, in answer to the question, "Show email address?"

G. The first section of the form is labeled “ASK”, which is one of five stages of the Inquiry cycle. In the “ASK” stage, we begin with a guiding question or thought for your particular line of inquiry.

H. In the box labeled “Guiding question for this unit. This question is the unit title.”, type an initial question that will help to focus the purpose of your Unit. This question should be short enough to form the title of your unit.

I. Next, click on the boxes next to the applicable subject/curricular areas in which your unit may fit. You may choose as many as you think apply to your unit. Feel free to list areas in the "Others" box. These terms will serve as search terms for users.

J. In the box labeled “Enter keywords…”, type any applicable words that will help others search for your unit. For example, if my unit is "How do frogs grow?" I may include "polliwog," "tadpoles," and "eggs”.

K. In the box labeled “Open Directory”, type the same or similar search terms as you typed in the box labeled “Enter keywords…”.

L. If you are creating this unit as part of one of our partner projects, click on the box next to the appropriate partner project.

M. Next, click on the box(es) next to the grade levels that your unit most serves. Again, this is yet another way for your unit to be searched for by other Inquiry Page users.

N. In the box labeled, “Please write a brief rationale of your unit.”, type a simple statement of how your guiding question came to interest you.

O. The second section of the form is labeled “INVESTIGATE”, which is one of five stages of the Inquiry cycle. At this stage of inquiry, you will be building a list of resources you find useful as you follow your guiding question:

Articles Books
Video Multimedia Materials
Websites Audio
Other Resources  

P. The third section of the form is labeled “CREATE”, which is one of the five stages of the Inquiry cycle. In this box, type activities learners might engage in while they conduct this inquiry. Here is where you will be building on the information you've gathered and begin to “create” new knowledge.

Q. The fourth section of the form is labeled “DISCUSS”, which is one of the five stages of the Inquiry cycle. Communication and community are integral parts of the inquiry process. At any point you may find opportunities (i.e.: listserves, in-class presentations, meetings with coworkers/students/peers, webboards, etc.) that serve the "discuss" aspect of your inquiry unit.

R. The fifth section of the form is labeled “REFLECT”, which is one of the five stages of the Inquiry cycle. To “reflect” means to assess where you are in terms of your guiding question. Reflect on your research path, on certain activities you did, or even on the guiding question itself:

S. At the end of the Inquiry Form it allows you to upload files from your computer to the Inquiry Page server. These files can be images, text, audio, or video.

T. To submit your unit, click on the "Submit" button at the top or bottom of the page. This posts your unit for others to see and search for on the Inquiry Page website. A page will appear with your unit and a "Thank you" at the bottom.