Unit II-WebQuest Design


WebQuest Design


Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how to evaluate web resources
  • Understand how to design a web page
  • Understand how to create a WebQuest

Evaluating Web Resources

The first step to creating a WebQuest is to gather web resources. Bernie Dodge has developed a webpage that gives helpful tips on searching the world wide web which he calls: Four NETS for Better Searching:[1]

Not all Web resources are created equal, and educators as well as students need to understand how to critically evaluate resources used in the classroom. Some of the things to consider in evaluation are:

  • Authority-Who is the author?
  • Affiliation-What institution,organization,educational institute supports this information?
  • Currency-Is information current?
  • Purpose-What is reason for the information?
  • Audience-Who is the intended audience-is it age or content appropriate?

These are a few guidelines to consider. Here is an Evaluating Internet Resources Checklist: [2]and another resource about thinking critically about WWW Resources: [3]

  • View the PowerPoint presentation on Researching the Internet (Go to Research and Documentation Styles) to learn more on on Web searching and evaluation. This is also a good presentation to show students before they begin using the internet for research: [4]

Designing A Web Page

A WebQuest can be made using a Webpage composer with a basic design. Two of the most common and free resources are NetScape Composer: [5] and Seamonkey which was formally Mozilla composer: [6].

There are two authoring tool websites that give step by step directions, which will assist the user with designing a WebQuest and have a hosting site all in one. They are Zunal: [7] and WebQuest Direct: "Short-cut WebQuest Authoring tool": [8]

Create A WebQuest

Bernie Dodge(2001) has five guiding principles for creating WebQuests which are:

Find great sites.
Orchestrate your learners and resources.
Challenge your learners to think.
Use the medium.
Scaffold high expectations.
  • View the Job Portfolio WebQuest and observe the design which was made with Mozilla Composer. Look at the web resources used on the process page: [9]


  • Critically evaluate the resources that will be used in your WebQuest.
  • What authoring tool would best suit your design needs?
  • Keep in mind the FOCUS principles when creating a WebQuest.

Go to Unit III-Implementation Process