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A WebQuest is an inquiry based learning activity in which learners read, analyze, and synthesize information using the World Wide Web. WebQuests were invented by Bernie Dodge and Tom March at San Diego State University in 1995.

Learners typically complete WebQuests as cooperative groups. Each learner within a group can be given a "role," or specific area to research. WebQuests may take the form of role-playing scenarios, where students take on the personas of various people or roles within the confines of the WebQuest topic.
 
A teacher can search for WebQuests on a particular topic or they can develop their own using a web editor like Google Sites. This tool allows learners to complete various tasks using other Cognitive tools (e.g. Inspiration, MS Word, PowerPoint, Access, Excel, and Publisher). Quality WebQuests give the purpose of the activity, describes what students will do, provide everything needed for identifying what to do and how to do it. There are usually a list of links to follow to complete the activity. Of course, evaluation rubrics and standards need to always be present.

 

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Sherri Desseau,
Jun 7, 2009, 6:59 PM