Unit IV-Observations/Assessments


Unit IV-Observations/Assessments


Learning Outcomes

  • Identify three types of scaffolding that are in WebQuests
  • Understand how WebQuests can be used as an assessment in education
  • Understand how E-Portfolios can be used for assessment of WebQuest tasks

WebQuests and Scaffolding

In 1995 Bernie Dodge conceptualized the earliest WebQuest Model. This first documentation of this, "Some Thoughts About WebQuests" can be viewed here: [1] This model has evolved over time and in his article,"Five Rules for Writing a Great WebQuest", (Dodge, 2001) he states: "A great WebQuest builds scaffolding into the process" (p. 58). He identifies the three types of scaffolding as reception,transformation, and production.

  • Reception Scaffolds: provided to assist learners in garnering information from the sources. Some types are: observation and listening guides, glossaries, timelines.
  • Transformation Scaffolds: provided to assist learners in transforming the information they've received into some other form. Some types are: venn diagrams, features chart.
  • Production Scaffolds: provided to assist learners in actually producing something observable that conveys what they've learned. Some types are: presentation templates & outlines, multimedia templates.
  • View Dodge's presentation and links on Thinking Visually with WebQuests: [2]
  • Read Tom March's 2005 paper "What WebQuests Are(Really)": [3]

WebQuest as an Assessment Tool

In Buzzetto-More and Alade's (2006) article, "Best Practices in e-Assessment", they discussed key concepts of assessment as well as "ways in which technology and e-Learning serve as the most promising mechanisms for satisfying assessment goals and objectives."(p. 251). They looked at various assessment models at a higher education institute in Maryland. Students in Business department and Business Education completed business plan WebQuests and educational WebQuests that were accompanied by lesson plans.

  • View a WebQuest completed for ETAP 526 class at the University at Albany CDIT program:[4] and the lesson plan for the WebQuest: [5]

E-Portfolio as an Assessment Tool

The case study Job Portfolio WebQuest could be assessed using an electronic portfolio especially if used in an online instructional environment. Student portfolio's as well as E-Portfolios are used in higher education and "serve as effective means of assessing learning outcome achievement, by providing students with flexible opportunities to demonstrate the acquistion of skills and abilities" (Buzzetto-More & Alade, 2006, p. 264).


  • How can you incorporate scaffolding into a WebQuest?
  • Brainstorm ideas on how WebQuests can be assessment tools.
  • Develop tasks that can be assessed by E-Portfolio's.