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Friday, September 01, 2006

QuestGarden is One Year Old!


A year ago today I flipped the switch and opened up QuestGarden to anyone who wanted to try it out. Like the WebQuest idea itself, QuestGarden has taken off beyond my wildest expectations. We have 34356 registered users in 120 countries and more than 19000 WebQuests have been created.

For the last year I've been paying for server space and bandwidth out of pocket and doing all the work of running the service myself. As I announced at the outset, after a year QuestGarden is to become a subscription service with a fee of $20 for a 2-year subscription. The switchover was supposed to occur today, but it's taking longer than I thought to set up the payment interface, bank account and other financial mysteries.

Therefore, the date for beginning subscriptions has been moved back a month to October 1.

In spite of the low cost, I've received a surprising number of notes pleading for some exceptions to the fee. Being a flexible guy without a single strand of business acumen DNA in his body, I'm preparing a couple of alternatives to the mix. Tentatively, here they are:
  • Thirty-day free trial. If you can get your teacher-ed students through the whole process of WebQuest creation in a month, they will incur no costs. At the end of the free trial their work gets archived and can be retrieved if they subscribe.

  • Institutional accounts. A university, school or staff development entity can acquire a set of accounts to use in a workshop or class. No author names are associated with the accounts and none of the resulting WebQuests will be listed anywhere. But they'll serve as a way to introduce the concept at no cost to the participant and just a small cost to the institution.
That's what I'm thinking at this point, at least. Once there's some income coming in, I can hire some programming and logistical help to speed the progress towards QuestGarden 2.0 and provide stipends to experienced teachers to mentor novices along by providing individual feedback.

Thanks to everyone for the support and thank you notes over this inaugural year. Stay tuned for an even better set of tools during our Terrible Twos.

7 Comments:

At 7:02 PM, Anonymous dlprestw said...

So, when and how do we subscribe? I am taking a class of graduate students through the Webqeust tomorrow evening. They will want to know this.

 
At 4:53 PM, Anonymous lslygh said...

How do I get information about accessing this with my university students in educational technology after the 10/1/06 deadline? Please email me at slyghc@pbcc.edu

 
At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had a terrific learning experience using QuestGarden, Bernie! - and I thank you for your prompt attention to my questions and for the chance to use this marvelous tool. $US20.00/2 yrs?? - that'll be more in $AUS, but I wouldn't have the nerve to be so ungrateful as to complain. You're providing a wonderful service. Thank you -- susan brunner (South AUS)

 
At 5:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking for a webquest called Bones and the Badge about Forensics. The webmaster for sandi.net told me to check here and that it had been taken off their server. Can you help?

 
At 11:53 AM, Blogger srsanborn said...

Bernie,

I am Technology Integration Specialist and I definitely have a group of teachers who would like more information about paying to use your site. Does each teacher need to subscribe, or can we buy a site license for a school? Also, how do they provide access to their students?

You can email me back at srsanborn@naperville203.org
.

 
At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm interested in the institutional subscription. I teach for PLNU Educational Master's program - and students love this tool! Please email me information at stephbent@yahoo.com

Thanks for your service!

 
At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bernie- I miss working with you!!!
xoxoLisa Douglas formally of Hoover, now of Goldsboro, North Carolina

 

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