E-learning with web 1.0


Educational webquests involve students spending time on the web, seeking answers to one or more pre-set questions. They were first conceived in the days of web 1.0, as a way of adding a guided discovery or problem-solving aspect to information retrieval tasks. They are a great way of making use of the internet's vast resources and can help to develop student autonomy (as students work independently), information literacy skills (as students learn to evaluate the information found) and multimedia literacy (since students are often dealing with multimodal documents involving text, still images, sound and video). Such webquests can also be used to foster collaboration if students are asked to work in pairs or groups.

The simplest and least demanding webquests require students to collect a series of facts. At the other end of the continuum, sophisticated webquests may involve problem-based learning, where students are set a real-world problem and must analyse, evaluate and synthesise the different types of information they locate. The latter type of webquests signals a move in a constructivist direction.

For further information and examples of webquests, see San Diego State University's WebQuest.Org (see image above right) or the index of good examples at Best WebQuests. You can create and store your own webquests at Zunal. Another service which can be used to create webquests is Jog the Web.

Credits: The image above right comes from San Diego State University's Webquest.Org site. I owe the Zunal link to Larry Ferlazzo and the Jog the Web link to Penny Coutas.

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