Geographical Inquiry Made Simple

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This course has been creating in partnership with Mobile Muster.


This course will help you plan and deliver a geographical inquiry unit. In this course you will be given access to an exceptional geographical inquiry unit created by our partners, MobileMuster, and environmental education experts, Field of Mars Environmental Education Center.

This unit is called Mobile Connections, and it contains a range of methods to successfully apply geographical inquiry that you can adopt and adapt for your unique school setting.

You’ll learn:

  • How to plan a geographical inquiry unit.
  • How to enrich your inquiry through the use of technology.
  • How to incorporate sustainability into your inquiry.
  • How to extend student learning through student-led action.
  • How to engage students in real world geographical learning through an existing inquiry unit called Mobile Connections.


This course will take 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks.


This course is on-demand and for private study. Learn at your own pace and at times that suit you. Get a certificate when you finish. You will have ongoing access.


  • Geographic Inquiry: Secondary.
  • Cross curriculum priorities: Sustainability.
  • General capabilities: ICT Capability, Literacy, Empathy.


This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except NSW
2.1 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
2.2 Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs.
2.6 Use effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful.
3.2 Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.

Highly Accomplished Teacher – all states and territories except NSW
2.1 Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.
3.3 Support colleagues to select and apply effective teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and Critical and Creative Thinking
3.4 Assist colleagues to create, select and use a wide range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

    This course is accredited by TQI for 2 hours professional development for teachers in the ACT.

NSW Government Waratah Logo Completing Geographical Inquiry Made Simple will contribute 2 hours and 0 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Krista Nisi is your course teacher and is the Head Writer at Cool Australia, bringing over 15 years of experience working in education, tertiary and local government. She hold a Masters in Environment (Environmental Education) from the University of Melbourne. Krista looks for innovative ways to involve young people in early learning and school education by helping them explore, think about and engage with the world around them.




Chris Vella is Cool Australia’s Head of Education. He has worked in the education sector for over 10 years as a classroom teacher, an educational consultant and an engagement coordinator at Western Sydney University. Chris loves getting creative with education and supporting others to do the same.

As a not-for-profit organisation all revenue from our Professional Development courses is reinvested into providing teachers with the resources to become the designers of exceptional learning.

Reviews for Geographical Inquiry Made Simple

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"Some more exemplars of different types of inquiry - i.e. one where students identify the issue and have to conduct their own research - how to incorporate this into an inquiry process in a way which doesn't send students down rabbit holes."