What is Inquiry Oriented Learning?

IOL activities demystified

An Introduction

IOL is a student-centred, activity-intensive, approach to learning.  While there are many alternative labels to IOL they are all variations on the theme aimed at placing students at the core of their own learning; engaging and stimulating both learning outcomes and student self belief.


There is a vast literature on inquiry-oriented, and similar, approaches to learning. The literature goes back many years and is spread across specialist education journals and other journals that have a discipline-specific focus. We present brief summaries of some peer-reviewed publications that discuss the effectiveness of inquiry oriented and other similar student-centred approaches to learning.  Read more…



Teaching resources, tools and case studies. Read more…


Useful Links

A range of web links designed to provide more in depth information for your interest and to assist in implementing inquiry across curriculum.. Read more…