A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson rooted in online research and resources. The model was developed by Bernie Dodge at San Diego State University in 1995 and further developed by one of his former students, Tom March. http:// webquest.org
"A WebQuest is a scaffolded learning structure that uses links to essential resources on the World Wide Web and an authentic task to motivate students ’ investigation of a central, open-ended question, development of individual expertise and participation in a final group process that attempts to transform newly acquired information into a more sophisticated understanding. The best WebQuests do this in a way that inspires students to see richer thematic relationships, facilitate a contribution to the real world of learning and reflect on their own metacognitive processes." "WebQuest," as defined by Tom March, circa 2003
Modern Museum of Romanticism by Duncan Morrissey and Lisa Tattoli, San Diego State University http://questgarden.com/80/56/4/090414191926/index.htm Example WebQuest
Tom March (2006) highlights the following instructional strategies prompted through WebQuests:
Questioning - Schema Theory
Learner-centered psychological principles
Example WebQuest Template: http://webquest.sdsu.edu/templates/lesson-template1.htm
WebQuest Design Process Dodge, B. "The WebQuest Design Process." WebQuest.org , 2004. Web. 8 Jun 2011. < http://webquest.sdsu.edu/designsteps/index.html >.
WebQuest Design Patterns More information on Design Patterns: http://webquest.sdsu.edu/designpatterns/all.htm
WebQuests serve as a form of authentic assessment because "students have been involved in an authentic task involving ‘ ill-structured ’ challenges and roles that help students rehearse for the complex ambiguities of the ‘ game ’ of adult and professional life"
Rubrics Rubric Template: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/triton/july/rubrics/Rubric_Template.html Rubrics are an effective way to evaluate student performance, particularly when the outcomes are complicated or ambiguous. Rubrics are useful with WebQuests.
Authentic Assessment: Rubrics
The advantages of using rubrics in assessment are that they:
allow assessment to be more objective and consistent
focus the teacher to clarify his/her criteria in specific terms
clearly show the student how their work will be evaluated and what is expected
promote student awareness of about the criteria to use in assessing peer performance
provide useful feedback regarding the effectiveness of the instruction
provide benchmarks against which to measure and document progress
Dodge, B. and Pickett, N. "Rubrics for Web Lessons" WebQuest.org , 2007. Web. 10 Jun 2011. < http://webquest.sdsu.edu/rubrics/weblessons.htm >.