"A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web."
A. "The Learning Power of WebQuests" (online article) "emphasiz[es] the importance of combining authentic tasks with Internet resources to develop critical thinking skills," and outlines the following topics:
1. What WebQuests are not
2. What is a real WebQuest?
- Has a scaffolded learning structure
- Uses essential internet resources
- Requires authentic tasks that motivate
- Develops open-ended questions
- Engages individual expertise
- Is a transformative group process
3. What the best WebQuests Do
B. "WebQuests: Concept to Classroom" (web page and links) covers the following topics (hot links: click to access):
- "What is a WebQuest?"
- "What are the benefits of WebQuests?"
- "How did WebQuests start, and how have they developed since they became popular?"
- "What are the essential parts of a WebQuest?"
- "What kinds of topics lend themselves to WebQuests?"
- "What do I need to create a WebQuest?"
- "How can I use WebQuests in conjunction with other educational techniques?"
C. "Creating a WebQuest: It's Easier Than You Think" (web page) briefly introduces WebQuests, explains "the well-planned WebQuest," and lays out "the WebQuest formula":
- "The Introduction orients students and captures their interest."
- "The Task describes the activity's end product."
- "The Process explains strategies students should use to complete the task."
- "The Resources are the Web sites students will use to complete the task."
- "The Evaluation measures the results of the activity."
- "The Conclusion sums up the activity and encourages students to reflect on its process and results."
It then walks instructors through each step of "the design process": the topic, task, process, resources, and evaluation.
D. WebQuest.org is "the most complete and current source of information about the WebQuest Model."
- Find, create, or share WebQuests.
- Join the WebQuest Research Consortium.
- Access "Useful WebQuest Resources."