Web-based Inquiry Learning with WebQuests

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Author:Susan Mckinstray


Bernie Dodge, a professor at San Diego State University, came up with the idea of the WebQuest. It is a model for integrating the use of the Web in classroom activities. His definition is: "An inquiry -orientated activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact come from resources on the internet"(Dodge, 1995). This course is designed to assist educators in learning why WebQuests are used in the classroom, instruct on how to develop a WebQuest, show how a WebQuest is implemented in the classroom, and how to use authentic assessments with WebQuest activities.

Performance Objectives

After completing this course the learners should be able to:

  • Identify educational goals in your context for using the Internet for Inquiry based learning
  • Choose topic related websites and evaluate resources to use in a Webquest
  • Generate a WebQuest design for your context
  • Develop plan to implement WebQuest learning in the classroom

To begin this course go to Unit I below:

Unit I-Why Webquests?

Unit II-WebQuest Design

Unit III-Implementation Process

Unit IV-Observations/Assessments