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.

Latest Posts

Updated 2 years 8 months ago
alba01px2020's picture

For a month in 2016, 12 students have traveled to the beautiful Xizhou. The goal of this trip was to get out of our comfort zone and out of our 'bubble' life in Shanghai. In Xizhou, I worked on an Inquiry Project where I had researched on a topic that interest me. While I was looking at the list of all the possible projects there were a few that caught my eye.

Updated 2 years 8 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.

Updated 2 years 8 months ago
ani01px2020's picture

In March of 2016, eleven of my peers along with myself travelled to a small village called Xi Zhou, in the Yunnan province of China. On this trip that will span a total of 28 days, every one of us worked on an Inquiry Project. Many of my peers and myself had to step out of our expat bubble to be able to succeed in Xi Zhou.