Posted by: fburnett | March 12, 2008

Webquests

A WebQuest is defined, by Bernie Dodge at San Diego State University, as “an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the Internet.”

A webquest is a systematic site that allows students to learn at their own pace, and gives them instruction along the way. I use it for one homework assignment. I tried to cram as much as I could in the assignment, so it’s really complex. Students need to create a newspaper (flier) of a product they research and use the paper as a marketing tool for the product. They aslo need to attach a cost sheet to the hardcopy they hand in to me.  What’s so great about the webquest is that it tells the story of the five w’s +! I never have to introduce it in class, the students do all the work.

I used an english site, ACL resources, but there are great American sites that even have the quests already completed! Otherwise, the learning curve can be a little long. Creating one, you should start out with a theme in mind. Then just go down the buttons and fill in-so to speak. (eg. home, introduction, task, process, resources, evaluation and conclusion)

You also might want to check this page that has list of adult webquests for the professional student.

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