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Submitted by: James Hutchinson (Content Developer/Author), Nov 05, 2013
Comment: While there is a lot to be said about WebQuests, there is a fundamental flaw in their typical design. Fix this, and the value improves greatly. The flaw is that students are usually given pre-selected sites by the instructor. Students cannot learn to search, evaluate and utilize web-based information if they are simply directed to instructor-vetted sites. Doing so is cognitively no different than giving students a textbook and saying find some information. Information literacy is a critical skill for 21st century students (and adults) and it is developed, in part, through repeated interactions with all types of web-based materials coupled with the need to critically evaluate and utilize quality sources. Remove the evaluation piece and the typical WebQuest becomes little more than a digitized version of a traditional "get and spit" exercise. They can be so much more. The WebQuest.org site is woefully out of date. I would really like to see Dodge update both the concept and the site.
Time spent reviewing site: Extensive