Inquiry-Based Learning in Secondary Science Education

Inquiry-based learning follows a natural progression of problem-solving that allows students to make their own discoveries and conceptualize ideas within their own environment. This hands-on course examines what inquiry-based learning is within secondary science education as well as space/place based learning, and how and why they are important to teaching. You will move through theory, practice, and application by reflecting on the concepts of data, data literacy, authentic data, and practical examples, in the form of both educational experiences and activities.

In this course, you will:

  • Apply the 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) learning framework to inquiry-based learning in science,
  • Understand how local/place based learning allows students to center inquiry-based science investigations in their own world,
  • Analyze authentic datasets to reveal patterns and draw conclusions,
  • Learn to use online data sources for your particular domain of science or subject area, and
  • Develop a lesson plan for use in your secondary science classroom.

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Michigan Virtual

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.