It’s a big, overarching question that helps you to make progress on a research goal. You can answer your Goal Question by asking and answering a series of bite-sized research questions, or Natural Next Questions (NNQs).
Example Goal Questions
Here are some examples of Goal Questions from a variety of college classes:
What will the Moon look like after humans have settled it?
What is the future of theater in the time of COVID?
How will we find extraterrestrial life and what should we do once we find it?
What is the meaning and benefit of failure?
To launch an open inquiry research process, you must start with a Goal Question.
How do I complete the assignment?
Log into your Learning Management System (e.g., Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle)
Click on the Goal Question Assignment
Click to "Open Beagle in new tab"
Write your goal question in the text box based on the instructions provided
Submit your goal question
What if I'm working in a group?
If you are working in a group, one team member in the group must submit the Goal Question for the entire team. Other team members can then edit the Goal Question.
How do I edit the goal question?
Click the “pencil” icon next to the green box at the top of your mind map
Write your new goal question
Click “save” to keep your new goal question
More examples for setting your Goal Question
Watch this video by Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton how to write a Goal Question (used for a space exploration class).