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WebQuests

A webquest is a tool that teachers can use online to create assignments and activites for students. Webquests focus on an engaging, collaborative approach where students may take on various roles or work together to find a solution to a probelem. The structure of a webquest usually consists of an introduction, task, process, evaluation, and conclusion. The reason for this is that the structure encourages inquiry based learning, where students explore new information. Bernie Dodge (San Diego University) is the founder of Webquests. If you would like more information on webquests, you can visit his webpage.

If you would like to see some examples of excellent webquests, click on the following links:

If you want to find more webquests, visit the webquest search page.

You could probably create a Webquest for any subject in school curriculum for any grade (including post-secondary), so if you can take the time to learn how to make them, you will be glad you did! Where you may need to print off several copies of assignment outlines, evaluation schemes, and information handouts for these assignments traditionally, Webquests make setting up the tasks easier for teachers and more exciting for students.

I created a webquest for Arts Education 9. In the curriculum, the objectives state that students will “continue to explore relationships among the processes and language of each of the four strands [art, music, drama, and dance] and apply this understanding to enhance all of their arts experiences.” To complete this objective, I created a webquest related to a current issue. Stephan Harper has recently made significant funding cuts to the the arts in Canada. Through the webquest, students learn about ways the arts benefit society. For their final product, each student will write a letter to Mr. Harper in response to his funding cuts in the arts.

Click to see my Webquest.

This is a great opportunity to use webquests. It is likely more valuable to students if they can approach this topic and discuss it amongst eachother and find interesting facts and information together rather than giving them a handout with information. They also will have the opportunity to explore the two sides of the issue and activiely participate in a current issue by writing a letter. The webquest helps bring a variety of activities together in an engaging and exciting manner.

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