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Bernie Dodge of San Diego State University developed the idea of WebQuests to teach students how to effectively use the Internet for research. Webquests areinquiry based lessons in which all or part of the information that learners interactwith comes from resources on the Internet. A short-term WebQuest is designed tobe completed in a few class periods. At the end of a WebQuest, a learner will havegrappled with a significant amount of new information and made sense of it. Check out the link to... More
Material Type: Reference Material
Date Added to MERLOT: August 25, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 11, 2014
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Submitter: John Walkup

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Language: English
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Avatar for Danea Farley
10 weeks ago

Danea Farley (Faculty)

I use this site in one of my courses in which students actually write and then present a WebQuest.  The model has been around for quitre a while, but the new technology tools, ever-changing online resources, and the opportunity to include the 'creativity' level of the 21st century Bloom's Taxonomy makes this old topic new again.

Concern: Occasionally the matrix returns items that are only tangentially related to the search terms.

Time spent reviewing site: 5 minutes (since I have used it many times)
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Avatar for Tina Pitt
23 weeks ago

Tina Pitt (Faculty)

Excellent resource for those educators interested in incorporating WebQuests into their curriculum. I agree that after practicing a WebQuest, that students be set free to discover their own sites and provide justification as to why that website they've chosen provides valid information. I can see WebQuests used as the beginning of a how to research online question in any topic.

Avatar for Leslie Kennedy
23 weeks ago

Leslie Kennedy (Administrator)

WebQuests are a great K-12 language instruction tool. Teachers new to incorporating technology into instruction like this activity very much.
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Avatar for Front Range Community College
44 weeks ago

Front Range Community College (Content Developer/Author)

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Avatar for Front Range Community College
44 weeks ago

Front Range Community College (Content Developer/Author)

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
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Avatar for David Wicks
2 years ago

David Wicks (Faculty)

Bernie Dodge first introduced us to WebQuests in 1995 and they are still a relevant technology integration strategy today. Teachers in one-to-one environments can assign inquiry-based activities that can be completed in a timely manner. The five sections of a WebQuest (Introduction, Task, Process, Evaluation, and Conclusion) are easy to understand and can promote higher level thinking. Teachers can search http://webquest.org for more information on WebQuests.

Technical Remarks:

WebQuests require Internet access and a current browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome.

Time spent reviewing site: 60 minutes
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Avatar for Teresita Hunt
2 years ago

Teresita Hunt (Faculty)

WebQuests are a great way to enhance student learning, especially since students are  so technologically savvy.

Technical Remarks:

The links are absolutely wonderful and colorful. The materials are so easy to use, especially for novices.

Time spent reviewing site: 20

Avatar for Carol Edwards
3 years ago

Carol Edwards (Faculty)

This is a good site for learners and teachers who would like to utilize the Web as a tool for teaching and learning. The information about the WebQuest is easy to understand and follow.

Technical Remarks:

Some of the links were broken

Time spent reviewing site: 45 minutes

Avatar for Leah Bergman
3 years ago

Leah Bergman (Staff)

A very creative way to engage your students.  Great ideas to share.

Technical Remarks:

Easy to understand instructions for the beginner making a webquest.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes

Avatar for norbert boruett
4 years ago

norbert boruett (Health Care Professional)

Good material to guide learner on inquiry based learning. Found to be useful with my teacher trainees

Technical Remarks:

basic ICT skills assumed
Time spent reviewing site: 15
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Avatar for Pat Donohue Ph.D.
4 years ago

Pat Donohue Ph.D. (Educational Researcher & Consultant)

The Web Quest is a wonderful tool for engaging students in any subject. I have used it in science and in history courses in the past. Currently, I am investigating it's use for enlivening students' career development. It works most effectively when students create the web quests for others. The challenge is how to bring this traditional web method into Web 2.0 tools! Of course, students will have the answers here too.
Time spent reviewing site: 2 hours
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Avatar for norbert boruett
4 years ago

norbert boruett (Health Care Professional)

The article makes an excellent reading,being familiar with the field enhanced it more.Well researched.More citations would enhanced it further

Technical Remarks:

May be it would have been worthwhile, to mention that web quest are can be uploaded to learning management ie Moodle as an activity
Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Valerie Schmitz
4 years ago

Valerie Schmitz (Faculty)

Terrific resource to showcase model WebQuests and offer support to teachers who are creating their own.
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
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Avatar for Elaine Lawrence
4 years ago

Elaine Lawrence (Faculty)

Examples and templates make it very easy for pre-service and in-service teachers to generate their own model for classroom use.

Technical Remarks:

Built in tutorials make it easy to create own. Teachers should be aware that if using a template with nav bars that they should practice how to make changes to that section so they will know how to instruct their students how to make those particular changes if so desired.
Time spent reviewing site: I have used this site over the years with pre-service and in-service teachers looking to have 7-12 students generate a product based on content research.
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Avatar for Esperanza Zenon
5 years ago

Esperanza Zenon (Faculty)

I use webquest.org to teach webquest design. To use this site you have to spend some time browsing because webquest.org is webquest "warehouse"

Technical Remarks:

The link provided in the description is a redirect to webquest.org
Time spent reviewing site: 10 min
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Avatar for Sherri Nelson
5 years ago

Sherri Nelson (Faculty)

I have used webquests in the past, and value the opportunity this one will provide future students I may have.
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes

Avatar for Sandi Gardner
6 years ago

Sandi Gardner (Faculty)

Good ideas and relevant content. Updates seem to be regularly done.

Avatar for john kaninya
7 years ago

john kaninya (Faculty)

although I will not be able to include this in my module, I still find it an excellent resource for online learning.

Avatar for Heather Smith
8 years ago

Heather Smith (Student)

I did not spend much time browsing this material, but it caught my eye because
in one of my classes that I am taking this semester, I used a webquest and I
thought that it was a very interesting way to teach students how to browse the
internet. I thought that the information that it supplied was accurate and that
it was very educationally significant. I think that webquests should be used
in all grades. It helps students with the ability to think about where else
they could go to find information, while giving them guidelines so that
unwanted websites don't show up. If this was used correctly it would enhance
teaching and learning in the classroom greatly. I thought that the way this
website was set up was very good. It has direct links that took you to where
they said they would, rather than getting lost and having to back track like
some websites.
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Avatar for Susan Holt
8 years ago

Susan Holt (Student)

The Webquest site was very interesting and valuable tool for new educators. I am just now advancing my degree to enable me to more fully participate in an ADN program at my community college. This site will help me understand better the tools available to me.

Technical Remarks:

It is very easy to navigate, well marked so I knew what was available without having to use "trial and error" to find out what the area was offering.
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Avatar for Jodi Hammann
8 years ago

Jodi Hammann (Student)

This website could actually be very useful for students that are trying to learn
about WebQuest. It is of good quality, and it has a good setup. It has a lot
of useful information that would be great for aiding in learning. One down fall
to this website would be that they get most of their information from the
internet, and most of the information on the internet could be false statements
because anyone can post anything on the internet. But overall this website
could be very helpful.
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Avatar for Cynthia Gautreau
9 years ago

Cynthia Gautreau (Staff)

I used this site ask an instructional tool to teach my graduate students, who
were pre-service teachers, about WebQuests. The students were instructed to
evaluate the site and the Webquests for their educational value in a K-12
setting.

Technical Remarks:

The site is well organized and easy to navigate.
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Avatar for Cindy Lassonde
9 years ago

Cindy Lassonde (Faculty)

I spent about 30 minutes trying out various links on this site. The content was
of high quality. The trouble I found was that many of the webquest links were
not working for some reason. Teachers could use these sites in their classrooms
tomorrow! They are well organized, engaging for students, and knowledgably
structured to promote learning. I generally found the ones prepared by teachers
better constructed than those prepared by college students. This is reasonable
considering the teachers would have more experience working with children and,
therefore, would be better equipt with an understanding of how children learn.
Expectations were better represented.

Technical Remarks:

First-time users would find this easy to use as the content is geared toward
elementary children.
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Avatar for   Hummel
10 years ago

Hummel (Staff)

Very playful way to ecercise the subjunctivo
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Avatar for Mark Mitrowski
10 years ago

Mark Mitrowski (Faculty)

I have used Bernie Dodge's site before and I find it very helpful when setting
up a WebQuest. The content is very good and the site is easy to use. I
recommend this site to anyone setting up a WebQuest.
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