Topic 2: Basic Structure of WebQuests
Basic Structure of a WebQuest
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The structure of a WebQuest is extremely important. You can use the Templates on Bernie Dodge's WebQuest site. Choose the template that best meets your design needs and download it to you computer. If you are new to using technology you can also create your WebQuest in MS Word by following the same basic structure See Building Blocks of a WebQuest for this structure. . I suggest you also read the Anatomy of the WebQuest Templates as well.

1.Read A Road Map for Designing WebQuests by Bernie Dodge:The task is the most important part of a WebQuest.This is the part of the WebQuest that makes the connection with the curriculum 

2. Take a look at the Task Examples on Bernie Dodge's web site: According to Bernie Dodge the there are six types of WebQuest tasks.They are:

  • JOURNALISTIC TASK Learners are asked to act like reporters covering the event. To do this they must gather facts and organize them into a news article or feature story.. To evaluate a journalistic task, the teacher assesses the accuracy of information in the article. 
  • DESIGN TASK Learners create a product or plan of action. 
  • CREATIVE PRODUCT TASKS Learners are asked to act like engineers, designers, creative or artists. They work within the constraints of their particular genre. Learners produce something using a particular format or medium (e.g. painting, play, skit, poster, game, simulated diary or song) Creative product tasks are much more open-ended and unpredictable than design tasks. 
  • CONSENSUS BUILDING TASKS Learners explore and articulate differing viewpoints on a topic. 
  • PERSUASION TASKS Learners develop a convincing case based on what they’ve learned from their WebQuest research. They they present their information in the form of a mock city council hearing or a trial, a letter to the editor, editorial or press release, a poster or video taped ad designed to change opinions. 
  • ANALYTICAL TASKS Learners look closely at one or more things and find the similarities and differences. They then analyze the implications of the similarities and difference and/or the cause and effect for those similarities and differences. 
Explore Bernie Dodge's WebQuest website: Review one WebQuest that is either similar to WebQuest you are considering creating for your students or that meets one or more of your curriculum standards.

Go to the Assignment section of Topic 2 and complete the assignment, posting it in the Forum.