Matt Brunton

Matt Brunton

Home Institution
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Year Participated

Year in School

REU Faculty Mentor
Mattox Beckman

Research Area Interest
Computers and Education

Project Title
POGIL in an Online Environment

Biography & Research Abstract


POGIL, Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, is a growing teaching style in the classroom that features work among small groups to answer questions and guide learning rather than having a professor lecture. As many classrooms are now moving to online courses, we will look at how to effectively create POGIL learning activities in an online environment.


My name is Matt and I started my career in Las Vegas working in the hotel side and then transitioned over to conventions. I enjoyed interacting with the groups and the different challenges every day brought. After losing my position due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to move back home to the midwest. After taking a few class at my local community college, I decided to pivot my career path into one in the CS field. I'm excited to start something new and exciting that features continued growth and opportunities.