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Developing and Implementing WebQuests*
 
Course Description
    

This workshop is designed for K - 12 teachers as an inquiry-based instructional tool for classroom use. Participants will create a web-based lesson for students that utilizes higher-order thinking skills, collaborative learning, and pertains to a unit or lesson from their curriculum. Participants will gain knowledge and skills in implementing technology in the classroom.

* Participants in this course must be currently employed as a classroom teacher, school counselor or school administrator. Paraprofessionals must be currently employed as a full-time classroom aide.

 
Course Syllabus
    

Overview

This workshop is designed for K - 12 teachers as an inquiry-based instructional tool for classroom use. Participants will create a web-based lesson for students that utilizes higher-order thinking skills, collaborative learning, and pertains to a unit or lesson from their curriculum. Participants will gain knowledge and skills in implementing technology in the classroom.

This workshop was originally developed by eLearning Mississippi* under the guidance of the EdTech Leaders Online (http://edtechleaders.org) at Education Development Center. EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities. The original version of this course created by eLearning Mississippi* was revised by eLearning West Virginia during June, 2014. 
Original design (before format modifications) by EdTech Leaders Online (http://www.edtechleaders.org), a project of Education Development Center, Inc, © 2007.  All rights reserved.

Final Product: Participants will create a WebQuest online at http://www.zunal.com . The WebQuest project is to be designed to engage students in the application of 21st Century Learning Skills and 21st Century Technology Tools. 

 

 

By the end of this course, participants will understand how to:

  • Describe components of an effective WebQuest
  • Design an effective WebQuest
  • Assess a WebQuest completed by students
  • Integrate a WebQuest into a curriculum unit

 

Prerequisites

Having regular computer access, using email, browsing the Internet, and saving documents to your computer are required for success in this course.

Format And Requirements

This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be two to four hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:

Session One

What is a WebQuest?

Session Two

Components of a WebQuest

Session Three

Assessing a WebQuest

Session Four

Selecting a Project and Finding Resources

Session Five

The Process Section

Session Six

Creating a WebQuest:  Exploring Online Tools

 

Session One:  What is a WebQuest?
In Session One, participants will investigate the instructional purposes of a WebQuest, identify the common elements of a WebQuest, and examine exemplary WebQuests that promote higher order thinking skills.  Participants will also create a free account at zunal.com for the course project, which is creating an online WebQuest. 

Session Two:  Components of WebQuests
In Session Two, participants will explore the advantages offered by a WebQuest and the five elements of a WebQuest.  One advantage offered by a WebQuest is the understanding of a topic rather than the accumulation of isolated information.  Participants will also begin to plan a WebQuest for use in the classroom.

Session Three: Assessing a WebQuest
In this session participants will explore the authentic assessment of student WebQuests. Authentic assessments enable teachers to evaluate student knowledge of tasks in 21st Century contexts.  21st Century assessments focus on higher-order thinking skills and the ability of students to use the knowledge gained in analyzing problems, working collaboratively, and demonstrating the skills learned.  Participants will investigate several tools for creating rubrics to assess learning authentically. After evaluating the tools, participants will discuss challenges to authentic assessments in the classroom.

Session Four: Selecting a Project and Finding Resources 
In this session participants will finalize a topic, define an end product or culminating task for students, and begin researching resources for student use.  Participants will consider WV 21st Century Learning Skills, WV 21st Century Technology Tools, and curriculum goals to be achieved.

Session Five: The Process Section 
In this session participants will identify the steps students will use to accomplish the task of the WebQuest.  This section will include the online resources and scaffolding for organization of information collected by students.

Session Six: Creating a WebQuest - Exploring an Online Tool 
In this session participants will explore a free, online tool used to create WebQuests. Participants will create their online WebQuest at zunal.com.  In Session Six participants will post the URL for their WebQuest, the final course project, for peer review.

Assessment

Discussion Board:  Part of the participant assessment will be made according to participation in the discussion boards.  Participants should participate in all six sessions plus the orientation.  Proper participation is to post an original response to the question posed in the discussion board.  An original post should be relevant to the session material.  Then each participant should respond to at least two other original posts.  A proper response is one that will add to and extend the discussion.

WebQuest Template:  During the course, participants will develop a WebQuest using the template below.  Each session will focus on a certain part of the WebQuest template to be completed.  A mid-course check will be a partially completed WebQuest Template, submitted at the end of session three.  At the end of session six, the completed WebQuest will be created online at zunal.com for peer review.  Submitted WebQuests must met the criteria of the attached rubric.

Certificate Of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, Developing and Implementing WebQuests, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via email shortly after the completion of the course.

Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Marshall University, Concord University or West Virginia State University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.

Content And Technology Standards

This workshop, Developing and Implementing WebQuests, will help participants meet the ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers (http://edtechleaders.org/documents/NETSAdminTeachers.pdf), especially Standards II, III, IV, and V. For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org

In addition, participants will identify specific WV Content Standards and Objectives (http://wvde.state.wv.us/csos/) as they engage in course content.

About This Course

This workshop was originally developed by eLearning Mississippi under the guidance of the EdTech Leaders Online (http://edtechleaders.org) at Education Development Center. EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities. The original version of this course created by eLearning Mississippi was revised by eLearning West Virginia during June, 2014.

Original design (before format modifications) by EdTech Leaders Online (http://www.edtechleaders.org), a project of Education Development Center, Inc, © 2007.  All rights reserved.