Developing WebQuests


According to WebQuest creator Bernie Dodge, “A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the Internet.”   Key points about WebQuest curriculum projects are:

  • Internet-based classroom activity

  • Follows a specific structure

  • Student-centered

  • Teacher-designed

  • Web sites are pre-selected

  •  Inquiry-based—it is literally a “quest”

  • Cooperative learning: students are grouped

  • Utilizes higher-order thinking skills


Note: For background information, curriculum framework, training materials, sample WebQuests, downloadable templates, and more, The WebQuest Page is the ultimate site to study.  For the purposes of this page, here are some of my favorite resources to assist you in becoming a WebQuest author.

There are five basic components of an average WebQuest


  • sets the stage for the activity.
  • catches the reader's attention to draw them into the quest.
  • provides background information.


  • states what the students will be required to do.
  • prevents surprises down the road.
  • details what products will be expected and the tools that are to be used to produce them.


  • concise and clearly laid out.
  • provides links to Internet sites interwoven within the steps.


  • displays a rubric to measure the product as objectively as possible
  • leaves little room for question


  • summarizes the experience
  • allows reflection about the process.
  • adds higher level questions that may be researched at another time.
  • Gives food for thought as to where students can go with the info they have learned, using it in a different situation.

Additionally, good WebQuests include:

Teacher Page

  • Gives instructions to the teacher that expand on some of the student instructions.
  • Includes introduction, description of learners, standards addressed, more on evaluation, and a conclusion.


  • Credits all sources of graphics, sound files, etc. and any people that helped with the project.


For inspiration:

Creating a WebQuest: It’s Easier than you think!

Get more ideas from Tom March  

Learn how to create a WebQuest specific to your level:

Bernie Dodge’s WebQuest about WebQuests

Plan your own WebQuest:

The WebQuest Design Process

Process Guides

Adapting and Enhancing Existing WebQuests

Lesson Plan Template  or

The Finer Points

Put it all together online with FREE WebQuest Generators and Hosting

Teachnology WebQuest Generator

Google Sites