A WebQuest About WebQuests
Since 1995, teachers everywhere have learned how to use the
web well by adopting the WebQuest
format to create inquiry-oriented lessons. But what
exactly is a WebQuest? What does it feel like to do one? How do
you know a good one when you see it? In the space of 45 minutes,
you're going to grapple with these questions and more.
To develop great WebQuests, you need to develop a thorough
understanding of the different possibilities open to you as you create
web-based lessons. One way for you to get there is to critically analyze
a number of webquest examples and discuss them from multiple
perspectives. That's your task in this exercise.
By the end of this activity, you and your group will answer these
Which two examples of the WebQuests listed
below are the best ones? Why?
Which two are the worst? Why?
What do best and worst mean to
Here are the sites you'll be analyzing:
First, each participant will have a hard copy
of the worksheet. To answer the questions given above, you'll break into
groups of four. Within the group, each of you will take on one of the
Due to limited time, you can´t examine each
of the sites on the list of resources. Try to check out one or two in
detail. Use the worksheet to jot down some notes of your opinions of
each from the perspective of your role. You'll need to examine each site
fairly quickly. Don't spend more than 10 minutes on any one site.
When everyone in the group has seen the
assigned sites, it's time to get together to answer the questions. One
way to proceed would be to go around and poll each team member for the
best two and worst two from their perspective. Pay attention to each of
the other perspectives, even if at first you think you might disagree
There will probably not be unanimous
agreement, so the next step is to talk together to hammer out a
compromise consensus about your team's nominations for best and worst.
Pool your perspectives and see if you can agree on what's best for the
One person in each group should record the
When debriefing time is called, use this file
to speak from as you report your results to the whole class. Do you
think the other groups will agree with your conclusions?
Ideally, this exercise will provide you with a larger pool of ideas to
create your own webquest. The best WebQuest is yet to be written. It
might be yours!
Thürwächter. Last updated on April 30, 2012