Compass Learning introduces new inquiry-based tool

GoQuest matches more than 40,000 learning activities to student interests and learning preferences

CL-toolCompass Learning is expanding its suite of online personalized inquiry- and project-based learning tools to include GoQuest.

GoQuest is a differentiation and project-based learning tool that uses a proprietary differentiation engine to match activities and projects to specific student interests and preferences, providing students access to a database of more than 40,000 vetted resources that fit their learning profile.

“I’m so excited to see what we can do as an education community when we are able to pinpoint how students prefer to learn and express themselves,” said Eileen Shihadeh, vice president at Compass Learning. “Imagine the incredible growth students could experience when their teachers align projects and activities not only with the material students enjoy and are interested in, but also with the way each child wants to learn.”

Next page: How GoQuest supports student learning

GoQuest first generates a snapshot of each student’s interests, learning preferences and expression styles through the built-in Renzulli Profiler, enabling teachers to match content, activities and projects to individualize the learning experience of their students. The intuitive interface allows educators to custom-build projects with ease, using the database of online, standards-aligned resources appropriate for each and every child, regardless of ability level.

Using a student-centered model, GoQuest encourages students to explore and follow their interests, facilitating strategic inquiry and critical thinking. At the same time, the embedded differentiation engine outfits teachers with the tools to assign, mentor and evaluate activities and projects that meet student learning goals, standards, and interests. Through GoQuest, students pursue self-directed study, steeping them in skills necessary for college and career success.

“The idea is simple; if Sally indicates that she likes sports and prefers to learn visually, then her teacher would be able to easily assign learning activities, like a virtual field trip to Athens to learn about the first Olympic games or nonfiction reading passages of famous athlete biographies,” said Colin Magee, Director of Product Management at Compass Learning. “Teachers can sort through the database of resources by topic, grade level, student interests, expression styles and learning preferences and they can quickly differentiate their instruction with just a click of the mouse.”

Compass Learning anticipates that the new tool will be available for educators in late March 2015. The company will offer a variety of professional development options, including implementation sessions and expanded professional development that features relevant, research-based, practical strategies for optimally integrating project- and inquiry-based learning.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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