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October 28, 2008:
WebQuest 101. A series of short introductory videos has been developed by SDSU Professor T. J. Kopcha. You'll find them here.

October 22, 2008:
WebQuests and Web 2.0? This webinar conducted by the Discovery Education Network features a discussion about how blogs and wikis fit into the WebQuest model. You can view the archive here.

August 9, 2007:
QuestGarden received the MERLOT Teacher Education Classics Award at the organization's international conference in New Orleans.

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Useful WebQuest Resources

The resources on this page are designed to be useful to teacher educators and staff developers who are putting together a course or workshop about WebQuests. There's a lot to choose from!

Concepts & Definitions

thought bubble Some Thoughts about WebQuests - The 1995 paper that started it all. A version of this was published in The Distance Educator edited by Fred Saba.
man with microscope Project, Problem, and Inquiry-based Learning - A nice summary and set of links by Annette Lamb distinguishing among these three important lesson types.
speaker icon Women of Web 2.0 Show #31 - An hour-long conversation about the origins of WebQuests, the present state and the future evolution of the model. June, 2007.
education world logo Education World Wireside Chat - Why were WebQuests developed? Why should teachers use them? What does the future hold for educational technology? WebQuest creator Bernie Dodge answers those questions and more.
people icon Thirteen Ed Online Concept to Classroom: WebQuests - Definitions, video interviews, examples and rationale.
Brazilian flag WebQuest: Aprendendo na Internet. Archive of the excellent portal that was organized by the University of São Paulo School of the Future and edited by Jarbas Novelino Barato. Still the best resource out there in Brazilian Portuguese.
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A WebQuest about WebQuests - An exercise that's useful for introducing the concept to educators. Working in teams they examine five WebQuests from four different points of view. There are several versions for different grade levels. Write us if you'd like a version tailored to meet your needs.
Elementary
| 6-8 | 6-12 | HS English | HS Math/Science | HS Humanities

Implementation Reports

reading online logo Encouraging the Use of Technology in the Classroom: The WebQuest Connection
This article tracks the evolution of a cooperative effort between children and teachers in a local school district and university students enrolled in a secondary reading methods course.
book cover WebQuests in Geography - Explores the relationship between ICT and student learning in geography. In particular, it proposes the use of WebQuests. WebQuests are enquiry-oriented activities whereby learners work collaboratively and draw most of their information from the World Wide Web. They focus on learners using information rather than looking for it and aim to make the most of online education.

WebQuest Development

You Tube Logo WebQuest 101 - A series of short videos developed by SDSU Professor T. J. Kopcha. Part 1: What is a WebQuest? | Part 2: How to Make a WebQuest | Part 3: Intro to QuestGarden | Part 4: Designing the Process
butterfly net Search Techniques - A critical aspect of WebQuest design is knowing how to find good resources on the Web. Three guides are available: Step Zero: Before you Search, Four Nets for Better Searching,and Specialized Search Engines.
search logo Finding Resources - The most time-consuming part of creating a WebQuest is finding great links. Try our new search engine that combs through dozens of kid-friendly sources simultaneously.
flowchart WebQuest Design Process - A bird's eye view of the major steps in pulling a WebQuest together.
clock icon Overcoming Obstacles to Quicker WebQuest Production - NECC 2005 presentation describing what makes it so hard and introducing QuestGarden as an attempt at a solution. Slides and a webcast are available.
flowchart Adapting Existing WebQuests - Why start from scratch? A flowchart showing the steps in finding and changing an existing lesson.
drafting board Design Patterns and Templates for WebQuest Development - Want to be thoroughly up to date? These 26 design patterns, each with their own template. If you can find a pattern that fits your needs. you'll cut your development time in half!
deciding couple The WebQuest Taskonomy: A Taxonomy of Tasks - Describes 12 categories for describing what you ask learners to do, 11 of which can lead to higher level thinking.
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WebQuest Process Checklist - A list for self- or peer-review of the Process portion of your WebQuest.
process guide logo WebQuest Process Guides - A series of short guides that you can link to or download and adapt. Each is designed to scaffold a specific cognitive or interpersonal activity.
process guide logo Fine Points - Describes 14 little things you can do to improve the aesthetics and professionalism of your WebQuest (or any) pages.
rubric logo A Rubric for Evaluating WebQuests - Is your WebQuest as good as it could be? This rubric allows you to score it along eight dimensions to see where it might be improved.
rubrics logo Rubrics for Evaluating Student Performance - An exercise by Nancy Pickett with templates and example rubrics.
focus logo FOCUS: Five Rules for Writing Great WebQuests. From Learning & Leading with Technology, May, 2001.

Complete Workshops

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Internet Expeditions: Creating WebQuest Learning Environments by Annette Lamb. Explore four ways to build a WebQuest learning environment including using existing resources, adapting or modifying a webquest, create a new webquest, or co-producing materials.

spider logo T-Spider.Net - A website developed by David Young (U of Colorado at Denver) to help teachers create WebQuests collaboratively with middle school & high school students.
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Teaching with WebQuests - An online graduate course designed by Bernie and June Dodge and delivered by Teacher Education Institute.

Articles and Papers

ERIC LogoThe best way to search the education literature, of course, is through ERIC. ERIC indexes journal articles as well as "fugitive literature", that is, unpublished project reports, conference papers and so on. If you're putting a reading program together to teach yourself about WebQuest, doing an ERIC search for the word WebQuest will net you a lot of good material.