This blog posts outlines in a subject sampler format, the way in which educators could create their own Webquests. Webquests are an ideal structured online learning activity for all ages.
This task requires you to create a WebQuest. WebQuests are an excellent tool to help students engage and be active in their learning. They will explore a topic of your choice and find their own answers and conclusions. Building a WebQuest will help you to design a learning activity for your students. You will provide the online framework for your students to gain a deeper understanding of a topic. The key skills that your students will develop will be enquiry, analysis and the evaluation of information.
The following websites will help you to focus your design of your Webquest:
https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Webquest - this website offers a simple step-by-step guide for the creation of a WebQuest. The visual representation of the steps and examples will be a helpful starting point for this task.
https://www.createwebquest.com/ - this website offers a useful online framework into which you can add your webquest. Sign up for a free account. Once that is completed, you will be guided to a page where you can easily create your WebQuest using a basic interface (text formatting editor) similar to what you would find in any email or word-processing program. After creating your WebQuest, you can preview and save it. If you are okay with what you see, just click the publish button and share your WebQuest with the world.
https://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech011.shtml - this website offers a reall useful checklist and exemplars of Webquests so that you can visualise and understand the way in which successful Webquests are designed.
https://www.bookwidgets.com/blog/2016/09/the-ultimate-webquest-creator - this website offers a similar step-by-step guide but also discusses the uses of widgets. A useful video s also provided showing a successful Webquest.
· Identify your topic.
· Create a document (Word/PowerPoint etc)
· Write the introduction. This will introduce the topic that will be researched to your students. You can outline a little of what the topic is about. So, for example, if your students are going to research the legacy of the Romans in Great Britain, the introduction might contain some contextual information about the Romans. This will help to set the scene. You should also include information about what the student will learn as they go through this WebQuest.
· Write the outline of the task which will state explicitly what the student needs to learn by the end of the WebQuest. The task section will outline the mission that you want your students to go on. In this sense you are going to determine the goal of the quest in this section. A good way to express this is a single question that requires students to use their higher order thinking skills of analysis and evaluation. For example: “To what extent did the Romans leave a positive legacy for Great Britain?”
· Design the process section or page. In this section you will clearly describe the steps your students will go through to be successful in their quest.
· You should be clear about what the students need to do and the order of the tasks. Bullet pointed or numbered lists would work well here, or a tick box list to help students self-monitor their progress through the tasks.
· Design the resources page. You will provide hyperlinked text to help your students work within a framework of the Internet. You should create a list of useful weblinks (including video/audio content) to scaffold your students on their quest to answer the key question.
· Create the evaluation page. This contains the rubric. The rubric clarifies expectations for students which should limit confusion and frustration. Criteria is outlined clearly describing levels of quality from A to B or excellent to poor, for example. The rubric must include a task description, a scale that outlines the level of achievement, components that the students are expected to include and a performance descriptor of the components at each level of achievement.
· Design the conclusion. In this section, students will be able to reflect on their work. “What have I learned? What went well? Where did I struggle?” You may wish to add in links to further research if students are interested in going further in the chosen topic. There could also be links to a survey of the task or a quiz perhaps.
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I hope that you have gained a deeper understanding of the purpose of a Webquest and the way in which a Webquest should be designed to offer clarity and meaning to students. If you would like to contribute feedback, please access this Padlet.