A webquest is rather like an on-line scavenger hunt, or a problem-solving
adventure. It is inquiry- based learning combined with
techno-literacy/proficiency and geared toward specific educational intentions.
Quests may be subject specific, or subject integrated inquires. They
can be used in a number of ways and may take on many forms - literature reviews,
research, personal or directed investigations, problem-solving exercises, fact
and/or information finding expeditions. Quests can be arranged so that they are
tightly controlled by the teacher whereby students are provided with specific
previewed links. Or, quests can be more loosely arranged so that learners have
to glean information from an array of on-line resources, or from sources found
by the learners through personal investigations. They can also be simple
scenario problems posted on-line.
configurations can vary so that students can be assigned to work singly, as
pairs, triads, or in small or even in larger groups where each member works on a
chosen or assigned task. Or, students may be allowed to choose their own
working configurations. There are some excellent examples and collections
of webquest learning available. If you choose to use these resources, please
remember to give credit to the original sources.
to more information and resources.
A special thanks to my graduate assistant, Kim R. Moore, for finding and
describing many of the following sites.
E-Links for Sample Webquest sites:
THE webquest page! This site was inspired by Bernie Dodge and Tom March
who developed a webquest model in 1995. A very valuable resource for those
involved in the education field. It includes events, articles, and materials on
webquests. Second link has the suggested formats.
overview from Bernie Dodge of San Diego State that includes origins, intentions
Templates for WebQuests a la Dodge and March
Great collection of quests from San Diego State
Another teacher centered webquest homepage that lists some sample webquests.
pages of Paul Froom from D.C. Everest, WI - excellent examples of what an
inventive teacher can do.
Webquests within my
Please ask for
permission to use any of these materials are they are
Brainquest - Quest related to ED
790 - Brain-based teaching and learning
Introductory Brainquest for ED
- Quests related to
ED 703 -
Newer views of learning - see bottom of the page for links
ED 783 - Quests
related to ED 783 - The reflective teacher
- Quests related to ED 726 - Models of teaching and learning
These are closed to those users outside my university.
Link to Webquests' Bibliography
Topical Index of Links: