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Designing and Implementing WebQuests
COADEC/MDLA Annual ConferenceApril 19, 2001

Worksheet | outline | slide 1 | slide 2 | slide 3 | slide 4 | slide 5 | slide 6 | slide 7 | slide 8 | slide 9| slide 10 | slide 11 | sample 1 | sample 2

Outline

What is a web quest?

  • Originally conceived as an activity to practice research skills using the web.
  • Also a way to have students use thinking/evaluative skills they learned in class.
  • Students gather information about a topic, summarize, synthesize , organize, evaluate, and present the information.
Key Parts of a WebQuest
(from Dodge, Web Quest website)
  • An introduction with background information and learning objectives.
  • An interesting task.
  • A list of information sources (depending on the task).
  • A clear description of the process (with examples).
  • Tips on organizing the information acquired.
  • A conclusion that reminds students of what they've learned.
Advantages of WebQuests
  •   Scaffolds students online inquiry by identifying resources.
  •   Provides clear tasks and objectives.
  •   Takes advantage of information on the WWW.
  •   Gradually eases students into using the web for finding information.
  •   Practices important research skills.

Step 1 – Decide on a topic

What is the topic of your WebQuest? Sample topics:

  • Major learning theories
  • Current political issues
  • English grammar point

Step 2 Decide on your goal

What would you like your students to learn using a web quest?

Step 3 Deciding on the task

  •   How will students accomplish the stated learning goal?
  •   How will you know that they have accomplished that goal (and thereby assess them)?
  •   Determine how students will gather, analyze, and synthesize the information.
Step 4 Finding web resources*
  • Identify web sites that will help your students find the information that they need for their task.
  • Find credible, informative web sites that the students can use as models of good web sites.
  • Librarians can help you find resources.
  • Limit sites to a manageable number (57)
  • *You should find web resources beforehand unless your learning goal is finding and evaluating websites.

Step 5 Writing the details

You will need:

  • a description of the process students should use to complete the task (with examples)
  • guidelines on how students should organize the material
You may also want to include:
  • an assessment rubric
  • a template to help students organize the information
Assessment
  •   WebQuests are normally assessed on the final product.
    • An inclass report.
    • A completed worksheet.
    • A summary or essay.
  •   Assessment rubrics are often used.

Questions?  Comments?

Holly Gray -- Anne Arundel Community College
hdgray@mail.aacc.cc.md.us(410)541-2696

Sharon Alayne Widmayer --The George Washington University
swidmaye@gwu.edu(202) 994-2785


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