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Project: WebQuest Evaluation


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."

  1. Attach the completed rubric file (saved as a html file) to your message.
  2. 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?

WebQuest Evaluation Scoring Criteria


  • WebQuest Rubric has been used as evaluation tool
  • Each criteria section has been addressed with detailed information
  • Webquest document is saved as an HTML document
  • Webquest document is attached to discussion board forum 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

WebQuest Plan

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:
    1. Grade level(s) and content area for which the WebQuest is designed.
    2. Compelling or driving question around which the WebQuest is centered. What problem are students trying to solve?
    3. Task: What is the product or outcome on which student learning will be assessed?
    4. Roles: What student roles that provide varying perspectives will be used?
    5. Process: Outline the steps students will take to accomplish the task.
    6. 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?
    7. 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 future.

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 planning:

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 .html file
  • Web sites for use in WebQuest are clearly described, including their role in supporting student learning
  • Forum posting describes grade level and content of WebQuest
  • 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 content standards
  • Reflection details learning from resources provided and future plans for use of WebQuests


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