A WebQuest is defined, by Bernie Dodge at San Diego State University, as "an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the Internet."
Use the web-based lesson format to differentiate a lesson for students.
If they learn facts, but don't pursue higher-level thinking; why not make a WebQuest? A webquest uses the sites you select as the starting point for a complex activity that involves multiple perspectives, possible group collaboration, and a final project of your choosing.
Webquests can be single discipline or interdisciplinary and are most likeley to be a group activity including role-playing for the learners. There are several critical components to a webquest.
- Introduction - Should orient the learner as to what is coming, as well as raise some interest in the learner through a variety of means.
- Task - A description of what the learner will have doen at the end of the exercise which could be a product or a verbal presentation.
- Process - Clearly describes the steps and process that the students will go througth to accomplish the task. Learning advice can also be provided here.
- Information Sources - A Hot List of web pages which the instructor has located to help the learner accomplish the task. Resources are not limited to the web! Students do not necessarily have to use all resources provided to accomplish the task.
- Evaluation - Rubrics designed by the teacher are the most authentic assessment
- Conclusion - Brings closure to the quest and reminds learners about what they have learned. The conclusion also encourages students to extend the experience into other domains.
Why WebQuests? - Tom March is also credited for the creation of WebQuests along with Bernie Dodge. Read what he has to say about it!
WebQuests 101- Putting Discovery int the Curriculum - Are you ready to give it the "old college try"? This tutorial is EXCELLENT and will guide you through the planning and creation of your WebQuest!
WebQuests in Our Future: The Teacher's Role in Cyberspace - Kathy Schrock has several resources available on her page about WebQuests.
WebQuest Portal - Search examples of WebQuests at all levels and in all curricular areas.
Best WebQuests - Another matrix of WebQuest examples
Take note in the switch in design of this hot list. Which do you prefer and why?
WebQuest Site - www.webquest.org