A large, exciting question chosen by the professor or students that takes multiple iterations of Natural Next Questions and research to answer. It is a motivating and driving element of the course, project, or class session. It serves as a key checkpoint for students to self-evaluate where they are at in their learning progress.
Here are some examples of Goal Questions from a variety of college classes:
To launch an open inquiry research process, you must start with a Goal Question.
Watch this video by Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton how to write a Goal Question (used for a space exploration class).