Our aim is to give you the ability to develop a new method of learning on WebQuest on your own.
A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. The model was developed by Bernie Dodge at San Diego State University in February, 1995 with early input from SDSU/Pacific Bell Fellow Tom March, the Educational Technology staff at San Diego Unified School District, and waves of participants each summer at the Teach the Teachers Consortium.
WebQuests are among the most fascinating applications on the Internet for K-12 educators. Student centered and inquiry based, a WebQuest challenges students to explore the web for information and it is an excellent way to integrate the Internet into the classroom. Traditionally WebQuests have an introduction, a process, a task, a list of resources, a conclusion, and an evaluation.
WebQuests are one of a range of web based activities that involve the development of student centred problem solving activities. Students work collaboratively on a real life task taking on real life simulation roles. They use the Internet as one of many resources, and then share what they have learned with others.
A good Web Quest has the following structure:
• Introduction – it aims to motivate the pupils about the topic in a visually interesting and thrilling way.
• Task – explanation what they have to do in every lesson.
• Process – detailed step-by-step instructions how to do their tasks.
• Resources – all internet addresses used in the Web Quest.
• Evaluation – pupils use it for self-evaluation and then the teacher evaluates them using the same evaluation criteria.
• Conclusion – concludes the result of the successfully finished work. What the pupils know now and how they could use it in their lives.
• Teacher Page – information about the teacher who has designed the Web Quest and about the Web Quest itself.