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MERLOT II


    

Learning Exercise


Material: WebQuest Page
Submitted by: Cathy Simpson on Sep 26, 2002
Date Last Modified: Sep 26, 2002
Title: Building an Online Learning Environment Using WebQuests
Description: Developing a WebQuest assignment is an effective activity to engage the learner in the learning process. A WebQuest is a type of online learning assignment that requires learners to use the Internet to locate, analyze, and synthesize information. This assignment guides the learner through a process that will result in an effectively designed WebQuest.
Time Required Two hours
Course: Blackboard Basics: Building an Online Learning Environment
Prerequisites Skills: Experience using a web editor to create web sites.
Learning Objectives: To analyze critically a number of webquest examples and discuss them from multiple perspectives; to review some WebQuest training materials on the Web; to define the specific components of an effective WebQuest; to design your own WebQuest; to share your online WebQuest assignment with others for their feedback.
Technical Notes: Need to have Internet access, use of a browser, and use of web editing software.
Text of Learning Exercise:





A WebQuest: An Inquiry Activity to Enhance Student
Learning


                        
A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the
information

                        
that learners interact with comes from resources on the Internet. A learner
will

                        
analyze a body of knowledge found on the Web, transform it in some way,
and

                        
demonstrate an understanding of the material by creating something that
others

                        
can respond to on- or off-line. It represents a new teaching paradigm created
by

                        
Bernie Dodge, Professor of Educational Technology at San Diego State

                        
University.

                        
The MERLOT free and open resource at www.merlot.org links to online

                        
learning materials that are collected along with annotations, such as peer
reviews

                        
and assignments. Bernie Dodge's WebQuest site is linked on the MERLOT

                        
collection so you can have easy access to contact information.

Introduction 

                        
A WebQuest is a type of online learning assignment that requires learners
to use

                        
the Internet to locate, analyze it, and synthesize information. There are
two types

                        
of WebQuests: short-term and long-term.

                        
In a short-term WebQuest, the instructional goal is simply knowledge acquisition

                        
and integration. Each student obtains and processes a significant amount
of new

                        
information from the Web and in-school materials and makes sense of it
usually

                        
by creating Web pages.

                        
In a long-term WebQuest, the instructional goal increases one level, challenging

                        
students to extend and refine the knowledge they find online and in the
real world.

                        
Each student deeply analyzes a body of knowledge, integrates it into their

                        
knowledge base, and demonstrates their understanding by presenting it to
the

                        
class in the form of Web pages. Long-term WebQuests can take weeks or

                        
months to complete.

The Task

                        
Your task is to design and develop an effecitve WebQuest online learning

                        
assignment for your students. To develop effective WebQuests, you need
to

                        
develop a thorough understanding of the different possibilities open to
you as you

                        
create web-based lessons. One way for you to understand how to develop
an

                        
effective WebQuest assignment is to complete the following tasks.






        • analyze critically a number of webquest examples and discuss them 
          from multiple perspectives,



        • review some WebQuest training materials on the Web,



        • define the specific components of an effective WebQuest,



        • design your own WebQuest,



        • share your online WebQuest assignment with others for their feedback.





The Process

      Your first step in creating a WebQuest of your own should be to review
      a few examples of successful ones with your colleagues. Find two other
      colleagues who will work with you to create a collaborative team to complete
      the process detailed below.




                             
To begin your WebQuest, link to the WebQuest about WebQuests site

                             
listed below and complete the task detailed there. Be sure to select a

                             
recorder from the members of your group. Record your group's respones

                             
to the task detailed in the WebQuest about WebQuests located at

                             
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/webquestwebquest-hs.html

                             
Next, visit the Introduction to Web Based Learning site and review the

                             
contents as a team. Discuss what you agree and disagree with in the

                             
contents on the site.

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http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/necc98.htm

                             
As a team, define in writing the Building Blocks of a WebQuest after

                             
reviewing the site.

                             
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/people/bdodge/webquest/buildingblocks.html

                             
Now each member of the team choose a topic for your WebQuest after

                             
reviewing the site and discussing your topic ideas with your team.

                             
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/project-selection.html

                             
Finally, complete a flowchart of your WebQuest that you will be

                             
developing on your topic for your students.

                             
Share your flowchart with your group members for their feedback.

Relevant Internet Resources



        http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/webquest.html

        http://l2l.org



Evaluation

                        
Your completed WebQuest will be evaulated using the following criteria
that

                        
focus on quality of content, usefulness as a teaching/learning tool, ease
of use,

                        
organization, and mechanics:





      • The WebQuest explores valid concepts, models, and skills by specially and
        thoroughly developing the content to meet the requirements specified.



      • The WebQuest can be readily integrated into current curriclum and pedagogy
        within the displine.



      • The WebQuest is easy to navigate.



      • The WebQuest is effectively organized, coherent, and flows smoothly.



      • The content in the WebQuest conforms to the rules of standard English.




Conclusion

      Take five minutes to jot down the conclusions you have drawn about
      using such an inquiry method in one of your classes. Share what you wrote
      with your colleagues in your group.


 

 

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