For background knowledge, you should first
work through the WebQuest About WebQuests at http://webquest.sdsu.edu/materials.htm
to gain an understanding of the different areas to consider
when developing a WebQuest.
Next, locate a WebQuest that could be improved
and evaluate it using the WebQuest Rubric at http://webquest.sdsu.edu/webquestrubric.html
In the discussion board message (see #2 below), be sure
to address the reasoning behind your evaluation. What, specifically,
is good or bad about the WebQuest and why?
NOTE: Save the WebQuest rubric
as source on your hard drive. Open it in Word or another
word processing program. Write your comments in the rubric
boxes. Save as an html file.
Post your completed WebQuest Evaluation on
the Discussion Board Forum "WebQuest Evaluation."
- Attach the completed rubric file (saved as a html file)
to your message.
- In the body of your posting, please include:
- URL for the WebQuest
- Short description of the WebQuest, including the
intended grade level(s) and content area
- Summary of your evaluation data, including support
for your decisions
- Suggestions for improvement - What could be done
to make the WebQuest more effective?
Evaluation Scoring Criteria
ADHERENCE TO INSTRUCTIONS
- WebQuest Rubric has been used as evaluation tool
- Each criteria section has been addressed with detailed
- Webquest document is saved as an HTML document
- Webquest document is attached to discussion board forum
CONTENT OF POSTING
- URL of WebQuest is provided
- Description of WebQuest is provided, including grade
level and content area
- Appropriate mediocre/poor WebQuest selection is identified
and mediocre/poor/missing attributes are discussed
- Rationale supporting your decisions is provided
- Rationale identifying positive attributes of selected
WebQuest, if any, is provided
- Summary of evaluation data is included
- Suggestions for improvement are made and rationale(s)
for each suggestion is provided
After examining how to effectively build and
evaluate a WebQuest, examining the WebQuest About WebQuests,
reading KITE cases involving WebQuests (Use the
keyword search option and search for cases involving WebQuests),
and evaluating an existing WebQuest, you will begin to design
one of your own. Use what you have learned along with the
resources on the WebQuest site to help you effectively plan
and locate resources to build a WebQuest.
This activity will result in two products:
- A .html file of at least 10 annotated web sites that
students will use for the WebQuest (attach to your Forum
posting). Provide a short description of each site and
how it will support students' learning in the WebQuest.
- A description of your WebQuest plans posted on the
"WebQuest Plan" forum. Please begin a new thread
named with the title of your WebQuest.
Your posting should include:
- Grade level(s) and content area for which the WebQuest
- Compelling or driving question around which the
WebQuest is centered. What problem are students trying
- Task: What is the product or outcome on which student
learning will be assessed?
- Roles: What student roles that provide varying
perspectives will be used?
- Process: Outline the steps students will take to
accomplish the task.
- Standards and evaluation: What are the specific
standards being met through your WebQuest (e.g., Show-Me
Standards or national content standards)? What elements
will you include in the assessment rubric?
- A reflection statement (your statement should be
one page in length, single spaced) on the resources
that you used in preparation for the WebQuest and
a description of how these resources and this learning
activity will affect your future use of WebQuests
in your classroom. Your statement should describe
changes in your thinking, if any, and a vision for
The description should clearly explain the
purpose of your WebQuest, what students will be doing throughout
it, what they will create as the task, and how you will
assess student learning.
Use these tools to scaffold your WebQuest
Before you post your plans, have at least
one person in this class peer review your WebQuest plans.
Use that data to revise, as needed.
Pay close attention to the type of WebQuest
you develop and the task students are asked to do. Demonstrate
your understanding of constructivist learning through the
design of the WebQuest. Note that not all types of WebQuests
are equally valuable in encouraging deep thinking. (See
"WebQuest Taskonomy: A Taxonomy of Tasks" you
studied in Learning Unit 4.)
WebQuest Scoring Criteria
- At least 10 annotated web sites are present in an attached
- Web sites for use in WebQuest are clearly
described, including their role in supporting student
- Forum posting describes grade level and content of
- Clear articulation of question/problem students will
solve through the WebQuest
- Task is clearly described
- Roles are defined and provide multiple perspectives
- Process or steps students take throughout the WebQuest
are clearly described
- Assessment is provided, and correlates to the Show-Me
Standards, other state standards, or national curriculum
- Reflection details learning from resources provided
and future plans for use of WebQuests