21 Nov

A WebQuest is a form of project-based and problem-based learning in which the resources (and often the tasks and resources) are located on the Web. There are two kinds of Web Quests :

Short Term WebQuests

The instructional goal of a short term WebQuest is knowledge acquisition and integration, described as Dimension 2 in Marzano’s (1992) Dimensions of Thinking model. At the end of a short term WebQuest, a learner will have grappled with a significant amount of new information and made sense of it. A short-term WebQuest is designed to be completed in one to three class periods.

Longer Term WebQuest

The instructional goal of a longer term WebQuest is what Marzano calls Dimension 3: extending and refining knowledge. After completing a longer term WebQuest, a learner would have analyzed a body of knowledge deeply, transformed it in some way, and demonstrated an understanding of the material by creating something that others can respond to, on-line or off-. A longer term WebQuest will typically take between one week and a month in a classroom setting.

Essential Components

There are six essential components of a WebQuest that are used to structure the activity and organise students. They are:

1. Introduction
An introduction that draws the learners attention to the topic and inspires them into action. It should contain a hook.

2. Task
A task that is drawn from the introduction and sets out the goal. It is the most important aspect of the WebQuest. There is often a Focus Question that defines the task. The task needs to be based on Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and contain a messy problem to solve.

3. Resources
Resources that are necessary for the task, most of which will be Internet links.

4. Process
A description of the process the learners should go through in solving the messy problem. The process is broken up into clearly described steps and may designate roles or perspectives to the learners. Giving students roles helps them use their emotional intelligence and demonstrates how different people have different views within the community. 

5. Evaluation
An evaluation is the guidelines for how students will be assessed. It is usually in a Rubric. Evaluation rubrics come in many forms and rubrics designed by the teacher are the most authentic.

6. Conclusion
A conclusion brings closure to the quest, addresses the answering of the Focus Question, and should challenge the learner to act upon what they have achieved within their local environment.

Benefits :

  • WebQuests are activities, using Internet resources, which encourage students to use higher order thinking skills to solve a real messy problem. WebQuests are a sub-set of Problem-Based Learning (PBL).

  • Teachers around the world are making WebQuests for their own classes as well as to share.

  • Students of all ages and grades can use WebQuests.

  • Most, if not all, of the information used in WebQuests is drawn from the Internet.

  • Students are provided with online resources and are asked to use this information constructively to solve the presented problem rather than just cutting and pasting material into an assignment or project.

  • By eliminating the need to search or hunt for information the student is given more time to analyse, criticise and assess the information they find.

  • WebQuests are inquiry-oriented activities designed to make the most of the student’s time.

  • . WebQuests allow students to use the Internet without the arduous task of filtering through the mountains of information contained within it. Teachers have done this work already!

  • Great WebQuests direct students to not only search for information but to debate, discuss or defend a particular stance with classmates.

This is my advertisement WebQuest. It is the students final project for this term.



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