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Web Quests: for Adult e-Learning For Adult Learning And Collaboration


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Presented at ISPILA 2007. WebQuests: Cool Ideas for e-Learning!
WebQuests are an inquiry-oriented activity that deals with central, open-ended questions, and can be created for adult learning and organizational development areas. Stimulates investigation and collaboration as participants complete activities using information gathered from resources from the Web, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.

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Web Quests: for Adult e-Learning For Adult Learning And Collaboration

  1. 1. WebQuests & ThinkQuests <ul><ul><li>COOL IDEAS FOR E-LEARNING </li></ul></ul>Copyright 2005 © Bernice Glenn, Glenn & Associates Presentation at ASTD-LA eLearning group. Bernice Glenn, Glenn & Associates
  2. 2. WebQuests: Cool Ideas for e-Learning! <ul><li>WebQuests are an inquiry-oriented activity that deals with a central, open-ended question. </li></ul><ul><li>Participants complete activities using information gathered from resources that focus on information gathered from the Web and social networks. </li></ul>
  3. 3. WebQuest Possibilities
  4. 4. WebQuests: a Powerful Learning Tool <ul><li>Stimulates investigation and collaboration through access to Web resources </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used for group participation or individual development </li></ul>
  5. 5. WebQuest Tasks Can Include: <ul><ul><ul><li>Retelling information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Designing a Plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compiling information from several source </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Building Self-knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consensus Building </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Persuasion </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. WebQuest Building Blocks <ul><ul><ul><li>An INTRODUCTION sets the stage and provides background information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Involves a TASK that is interesting and doable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Defines the PROCESS needed to complete the Task </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provides the RESOURCES needed for completion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Includes a GUIDANCE section with detailed help </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ends with a CONCLUSION that briefly restates the initial problem. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Sets the stage by introducing the Quest in an engaging and interesting setting. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Task or Questions to be pursued can be framed as: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a story or an adventure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a reenactment, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a role-play. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Briefly describes a TASK that is doable, interesting, and engaging. </li></ul><ul><li>The Task can be either a group or an individual project, designed to: </li></ul><ul><li>Task Definition </li></ul><ul><li>Solve a Problem </li></ul><ul><li>Defend a viewpoint </li></ul><ul><li>Compile information from many sources </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze information </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Process </li></ul><ul><li>The PROCESS specifies the activities that participants need to accomplish in order to complete the task. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a step by step description indicating how participants will accomplish the task </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Web resources include LinkedIn , FaceBook, Twitter, and other social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Company Intranet </li></ul><ul><li>Searchable databases with hyperlinks to all the sources </li></ul><ul><li>Sources needed to complete the task are provided by the WebQuest designer. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance offers detailed How-to Help </li></ul><ul><li>Includes descriptions on how to organize and present the information acquired through all the resources being used </li></ul><ul><li>Provides detailed directions, diagrams, structure aids, examples, etc. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Use a WebQuest for: <ul><ul><ul><li>Retelling information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Designing a Plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compiling information from several sources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Building Self-knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consensus Building </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Persuasion </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Retelling <ul><li>Retelling is used to confirm understanding of some basic information. </li></ul><ul><li>Participants are asked to absorb some information and then retell it in a report or by answering some basic questions . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WebQuest 1: Understanding the employee benefits package </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WebQuest 2: Confirming a procedure described on the company Intranet </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Design a Plan Task <ul><li>Creates a plan of action based on research to achieve a pre-determined goal. </li></ul><ul><li>Tasks can include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research when preparing a company 5 year plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning for a new product introduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan for introducing a new company procedure </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Compilation Tasks <ul><li>Used as a preliminary to more complex analysis tasks. </li></ul><ul><li>Takes information from a number of sources and puts it into a common format. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Analytical Tasks <ul><li>Using research sources, considers the variables that may be involved. </li></ul><ul><li>Speculates as to possible outcomes based on the information. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be used when: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluating possible new markets for current products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating a new product line for current markets </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Self-Knowledge Tasks <ul><li>Analysis of personal goals and strengths as part of a coaching process. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishes long-term goals through research of the possibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1. Self Improvement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2. Upgrading management skills </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Consensus Building Tasks <ul><li>Builds consensus by getting a perspective on a variety of problems. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many projects require group buy-in for success. Including consensus building can aid in moving a project forward. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research can provide authentic differences in information that can be discussed and negotiated. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Persuasion Tasks <ul><li>Develops a convincing case to change opinions based on what is learned from the research. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advertising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Politics </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. WebQuests - Cold? Or Hot? <ul><ul><li>Cool ideas for eLearning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A hot new approach for the instructional designer or trainer. </li></ul></ul>