This portal is based on the flower petal framework suggested by Holmes and Gardner (2006) that you can see below. Each participant in this online professional development comes with different levels of experience and knowledge, and different contexts and needs. To meet the needs of all participants, this portal provides opportunities for learners to engage with the 'petals' to whatever level they feel they require.

1-elearning_diagram.jpgSearch:users can search through the variety of links that this portal provides to find professional reading and resources to support the implementation of inquiry learning.

Select:users can select one or all aspects of the inquiry learning process to become familiar with. They can also select one or more digital tools to implement within the classroom.

Explore:users can explore the portal in their own time and at their own pace.

Test:users can test their own ideas and understandings through implementation and discussion with others.

Collaborate:users can contribute to online discussion forums and share ideas and learnings with colleagues.

Analyse:professional readings provided allow users the opportunity to analyse in depth pedagogical theory and applications.

Create:resources are provided to allow users to create innovative units of inquiry based learning.

Discuss:using the forums or the Yammer module, users can discuss their understandings with others in an asynchronous environment.

Apply:users are encouraged to apply their understandings to providing an enquiry based environment for their students.

Understand:through the presentation of information in multi-media formats it is hoped understanding will be gained for all types of learners.

Synthesise:the opportunity for users to establish their own blogs provides a forum for synthesizing thoughts and understandings.

Promote:users are asked to share their learnings and experiences to promote inquiry learning to others.

The flower petal framework allows for users to navigate the portal according to their context and requirements. However, for those new to e-learning, a suggested approach is as follows:

  1. Print out the site map available under the printable navigation tab. Use this to familiarise yourself with the various modules in the I-minds learning portal.
  2. Click on The Inquiry Process tab. Take the time to learn about the various stages of the inquiry process.
  3. Ensure that you are familiar with any digital tools suggested by clicking on the ICT tutorials tab. Work through tutorials to enhance your confidence and competence when working with digital tools and ICTs
  4. At any time during your reading you have a question or comment, contribute to the forums. If you are unfamiliar with how online forums operate, work through the forum tutorial on the ICT tutorials page.
  5. If you require a brief but quick response to a question or problem, go to the Yammer module on the home page and click Yammer Now! You will need to register to participate on Yammer. If you are unsure about how to use Yammer, complete the Yammer tutorial on the ICT Tutorials page.
  6. Remember that you are not alone in your learning, and that at any stage you are welcome to ask questions by contacting KayC, creator of I-minds, who will aim to help you however she can!