WebQuests: An Introduction

Decorative: "Web?est" [for "WebQuest"]


"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):

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."

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