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.
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 create the assignment?
Log into your Learning Management System (e.g., Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle)
Click your Beagle Instructor Module link
Click to "Open Beagle in new tab"
Click the purple "New Assignment" button in the top right
Choose "Goal Question" from the dropdown
Customize your instructional text for students
Set your due date and time
Set your grading preferences
How does grading work for Goal Questions?
Beagle only send grades to your Learning Management System after instructors grade the Goal Question assignment in Beagle.
Can students edit their goal questions?
Yes, students can edit their goal questions at any time. Click here for how students complete a Goal Question assignment.
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).