#24 Webquests

6:31 pm / Posted by Aaron Quilty /

Webquests are often used by many teachers and many students throughout the world. They are learning tools that provide a unique learning design that creates oustanding results in all life long learners. It provides an opportunity for all learners by encouraging students to extend and refine their knowledge and engage in higher level learning and problem solving.
The way that you design a Webquest is through a series of online lesson plans. You can engage your students through many different tools and resources on within this Delivery Technology. However a good webquest can be messy so beware but they are designed for students to apply the knowledge that they have learnt and to solve the problems that are opposed and relate their knowledge to the real world.
Dodge (1995) states that a Webquest is:

An inquiry-orientated activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the internet.
Webquests are based on sound teaching and pedegogy and have been well resourced throughout the internet. One way to set up a Webquests is through Blooms Taxonomy (below), as each heading as different stages of the Delivery Tool.
  • Knowledge - The student remembers facts
  • Comprehension - The student understands relations and context
  • Apllication - The student can apply their knowledge to new areas
  • Analysis - The student can analyse and find parts
  • Synthesis - The student can create something unique of their own
  • Evaluation - The student can give value judgements based on facts

You can also use a range of other resource to set you up with a Webquest such as Dimensions of Learning (DOL), through contructivism and many more.

There are two ways you can set up a Webquest:-

  1. Short Term Webquests
  2. Long Term Webquets

If you have difficulty understanding how to set it up by what was previously mentioned then keep reading. The simpilest way a Webquest should be contructed is making sure you are using these parts:

  • An introduction
  • A task
  • A set of information sources
  • A description of the process
  • Some guidance on how to organize the information
  • and A conclusion

If you follow those simple steps then you will have a Webquest running up in no time. Talking about time, creating an effective well designed Webquest using the appropriate materials such as either one above, can take you a full on couple of days to create. You need to make sure you have all your content ready to go. I remember creating one with a partner and it tooks us a while to understand the concept of a webquest. The designing of it took a little while as but in the end we got the contesnt that we needed and designed one the was effective for both our classes.

Once the Webquest has been created students will then become active learners throught the use of Dale's Cone (Learning Effectiveness) each section/layer will be covered throughout its design. It also covers the use of multiple inteligance because through all its animation and content there will a student of any learning ability engaing themselves in the quests at all levels and for all levels of achievement.

Webquests are not just designed for teachers to create and publish but students can use this tool too for many purposes. Instead of the old fassion way of designing a presentation for an assignment through the use of PowerPoint or Publisher or even if they have multiple files they can put all of their content and or resources into the one area through the use of Webquests. It is quite fun to design and you are able to learn different computer skills through the use of this Teacher Delivery and Student Centred Approach.

Enjoy the rest of your time and don;t forget to leave me a comment!

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