Building an Online Learning Environment Using WebQuests
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.
Blackboard Basics: Building an Online Learning Environment
Experience using a web editor to create web sites.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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