WebQuests: A Strategy for Scaffolding Higher Level Learning

by Bernie Dodge, Ed Tech Department, San Diego State University
Presented at the National Educational Computing Conference, San Diego, June 22-24, 1998


Definition

  • Inquiry-oriented
  • Based on a doable, engaging task
  • Uses pre-defined resources from the Web (and others)
  • Can be short or long term

 

Parts

  • Introduction
  • Task
  • Process
  • Resources
  • Evaluation
  • Conclusion

 

Underpinnings

  • Constructivism
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Scaffolding
  • Fading

Tasks for Bloom's Penthouse

  • Synthesize conflicting opinions
  • Put multiple sources of data together to discover the non-obvious
  • Create something new within the contraints of a problem definition
  • Define a stance and defend it

 

Scaffolding: How?

Provide...

  • resource links
  • a compelling problem or task
  • templates for student products
  • guidance on cognitive and social skills

 

Examples

 


Useful Links

The WebQuest Page
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/webquest.html
This is the mother lode of all WebQuest information. If you're going to bookmark just one page, make it this one.
Building Blocks of a WebQuest
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/people/bdodge/webquest/buildingblocks.html
Covers the anatomy of a WebQuest, with explanations of each of the six parts.
A Matrix of Examples
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/matrix.html
Sample WebQuests from different content areas and grade levels.
Some Thoughts about WebQuests
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec596/about_webquests.htnl
Concept paper laying out the basic rationale and definition of WebQuests.
A Rubric for Evaluating WebQuests
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/webquestrubric.html
How do you know when your WebQuest is a good one? By its results with your students, of course. Prior to using your WebQuest on anyone, though, score it with this rubric to see where it might be improved.
The Triton Summer Workshop
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/triton/july/workshop.html
This four day workshop was very successful at getting one hundred teachers started on WebQuest design.

This page is located at http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/necc98.htm. Last updated June 24, 1998.