The WebQuest is an instructional resource that is intended to provide educators with designs for activities and teaching strategies to use in the facilitation of online or web-based self-learning models. They can be created using various programs that include links to multiple websites in an inquiry, problem-based learning activity that integrates independent, teamwork, higher order thinking, and access to the internet (Deutsch, 2014).
The Learning Gap
Authentic teaching and student performance have been posited in student retention and learning outcomes. The practice of online conceptual teaching helps students retain new concepts, improve critical thinking, stay on task and promote problem-based learning [PBL] (Deutsch, 2014).
WebQuests also promote student motivation, authentic learning, collaboration and cooperation (Strickland & Nazzal, 2005). WebQuests, provide essential questions to real-life resources. WebQuests, by their very nature, encourage the development of thinking skills (Strickland & Nazzal, 2005).
There is a gap when blending learning in the online environment. The challenge is to move learners and course content in higher education with the integration of technology. PBL is based on interaction and meaningful learning to help learners develop intellectual curiosity, confidence, and engagement that leads to lifelong learning (Bradshaw & Hultquist, 2017). Student learning is themed in participatory interaction and a key focus to the online learning environment. Though most students in today’s classroom are “digital natives”—that is they are usually connected to web-based applications using a smartphone or pad; they may not be suited to the self-directed, active learning environment within an online classroom (Bradshaw & Hultquist, 2017).
The Learner Analysis.
WebQuests, promote interactions with time and task management while scaffolding the learning process. This module will assess adult learners in a university setting. These will be first-semester senior nursing students in a baccalaureate nursing program. These students will begin to learn by classification, inducing, deducing, abstraction, and comparing answers to questions that are reality-based. It is the application and analysis levels using Bloom’s taxonomy as a framework for teaching in the online environment.
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