O.R.E.O. - Inquiry Project

What is an Inquiry Project?

All Microcampus students spend a significant amount of time each week devoted to investigating a topic of high personal interest that relates to the Xizhou area. Students actively seek and depend upon the wisdom of the people living in and around Xizhou to support their active investigation into their chosen area of interest.

During their exploration of one of the wide range of possible topics, students will be supported by a framework for inquiry that features the following four main phases:
    1) Posing Real Questions
    2) Finding Resources
    3) Interpreting Information
    4) Reporting Findings
The process is designed to be cyclical in nature, however, and will involve plenty of reflection, questioning, and reframing their research as new information is found. All student work will be made public during the research process online; it is hoped that readers will provide feedback to students during the research process and follow along as the students report their learning.

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Updated 1 year 7 months ago
nicole01px2020's picture

In Phase 0, everyone going on the March 2016 Microcampus trip narrowed a long list of choice descriptors down to just one. The topic is to be the main focus of our 28 days in the tiny village of Xizhou. For me, that topic is the Visitor's Lonely Planet Style Guide to Xizhou. In Phase 1, I am about to find out more in depth about my topic.

Updated 1 year 7 months ago
ani01px2020's picture

Phase 3 is where I will be conducting the background research of my topic, water usage and treatment in Xizhou. This phase is one of the key phases in my Inquiry Project because it sets the stage for my learning and knowledge as I move forward in my project. It will also give me a reference of my research, if I do not remember all of it while I am in the village.