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Developing and Implementing WebQuests for Active WV Educators
 
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. 

 
Course Syllabus
    

Overview

This course is designed for certified West Virginia teachers. Participants will create a Web Quest at zunal.com that requires higher-order thinking skills, collaborative learning, and pertains to a unit or lesson associated with their Standards.

By the end of this course, participants will:
  • understand what a WebQuest is and is not,
  • identify cooperative learning, critical thinking skills, and cross-curricular connections as key components of WebQuest activities,
  • identify the depth to which a selected WebQuest is real, rich and relevant,
  • understand the essential seven elements of a WebQuest,
  • cite examples of the seven elements of WebQuests, 
  • develop essential questions specific to a WebQuest to be created for this course,
  • develop the introduction and task for the WebQuest to be created for this course,
  • develop an understanding of authentic assessments as they apply to WebQuests,
  • review rubric assessments that focus on higher-order thinking skills and the ability of students to use the knowledge gained in analyzing problems, working collaboratively,
  • develop rubric assessment that focus on higher-order thinking skills and the ability of students to use the knowledge gained in analyzing problems, working collaboratively to complete the WebQuest task developed during Session Two. The rubric assessment will address 1) the task, 2) collaboration and 3) presentation,
  • review and evaluate WebQuests using a process checklist and process rubric,
  • utilize the three phases associated with WebQuest process development,
  • utilize the three phases associated with WebQuest process development.
  • determine the reliability, validity and appropriateness of resources for identified for specific WebQuests as well as a WebQuest to be developed,
  • utilize several WebQuest Evaluation tools,
  • learn about, review and then create their WebQuest Conclusion Page,
  • learn about, review and then create their WebQuest Teacher Page,
  • learn about, review and then create their WebQuest resource citations/credits,
  • demonstrate working knowledge of the WebQuest components through the development of a Zunal.com WebQuest,
  • reflect upon their Zunal.com WebQuest development through the completion of a self-evaluation addressing the level to which their WebQuest is real, rich and relevant and,
  • improve upon their Zunal.com their final WebQuest submission through peer-review process.
Course Organization
This course includes several different activity components, all of which are described below. During each session, you will participate in a unique collection of these activity components, depending on the particular focus of that session.

Read
When you see this icon you will be reading relevant articles, resources, and instructional materials that will help inform your online course development process.

Activities
When you see this icon you will be completing activity-based curriculum and inputting various components of your course content into course project.

Discuss
When you see this icon you will be using the online discussion board to share ideas, resources, and thoughtful conversation with your fellow course participants and facilitator.
Prerequisites
Having regular computer access, using your k12.wv.us email for communication, browsing the Internet, and saving documents to your computer are required for success in this course. 

Microsoft Word is required in order to read, edit and/or create documents for this course. Your k12.wv.us email account provides you access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, etc. as part of Microsoft Office 365. You should see your school/county technology support person if you need help in using/installing Word and/or other Office applications. 

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 6.5 to 7 hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:
Session One What is a WebQuest?
Session Two Components of  WebQuesst
Session Three WebQuest Task Assessment Rubric
Session Four The WebQuest Process
Session Five The WebQuest Conclusion Page and the Teacher Page
Session Six Creating a WebQuest

Session One:  What is a WebQuest?
During Session One participants will investigate the instructional purposes of a WebQuest. Participants will examine exemplary WebQuests and identify common WebQuest elements. Participants will also create a free account at zunal.com for their course project, which will be creating an online WebQuest

Session Two:  Components of WebQuests
During Session Two, participants will be introduced to the seven elements of a WebQuest. Participants will  plan the details specific to a "WebQuest for use in the Classroom" by addressing the Introduction and Tasks components of the WVLearns WebQuest Planning document. Along the way participants will review many different WebQuests for the seven elements, hear from the developer of the WebQuest movement and become very knowledgeable about the taxonomy of WebQuest tasks and essential questions.

Session Three: WebQuest Task Assessment Rubric
During this session, participants will explore the authentic assessment of WebQuest tasks. Authentic assessments enable teachers to evaluate student knowledge of tasks with a 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. WebQuest rubrics from zunal.com will be reviewed with respect to task assessment. Participants will create WebQuest rubric for the task they created during Session Two.

Session Four: The WebQuest Process
During this session, participants will read about, review examples and then develop the process or steps students will follow to accomplish a WebQuest task. Using a process checklist and the Zunal.com Process Rubric, participants will evaluate the process or steps needed to accomplish the task for at least two WebQuests.. Participants will also read about, review and identify reliable and appropriate online resources students will need to complete a given WebQuest.

Session Five: The WebQuest Conclusion Page and the Teacher Page
The WebQuest conclusion page and teacher page with credit citations are a few of the remaining topics to be addressed by course participants prior to their development of the Zunal WebQuest during Session Six. During this session, participants will review information regarding these topics, apply development of these pages to Zunal.org considerations and evaluate five WebQuests developed for eMints in terms of the specific attributes for these pages.

Session Six: Creating a WebQuest
During this session, participants will create a WebQuest using Zunal.com using the their WebQuest Planning Template Session One-Sesison Five. Participants will complete a self assessment of their completed WebQuest and respond to a discussion prompt regarding the degree to which their WebQuest is real, rich and relevant.  Participants will post the URL to their final Zunal WebQuest for peer-review.

Assessment

Orientation Quiz:
During the Orientation Session, participants are expected to complete the Orientation Quiz. The quiz may be taken as many times as necessary to score the required 90% proficiency.

Readings and Activities:
Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Activities may include exploring websites related to course content, watching online video clips, using specific technology applications, solving problems, and working on the final project. Optional readings may also be completed, but are not mandatory.

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 Discussion #1. An original post should be relevant to the session material. Then each participant should respond to at least two other Discussion #1 original posts. A proper response is one that will add to and extend the discussion.

Original postings to Discussion #1 and Discussion #2 are to be made by Sunday night. By Monday night, it is expected that participants respond to at least two colleagues' original Discussion #1 postings in a respectful, professional manner, making sure to extend or expand the conversation by adding new ideas or examples. Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance, degree to which they extend the discussion, and tone. Please read the West Virginia Discussion Guidelines and the Checklist for Evaluating Discussion Postings in the WVDE Orientation. Your facilitator will follow these guidelines and the checklist when evaluating successful participation in the course Discussions.

Participants are to read all the original Discussion #1 messages and at least half (50%) of the total Discussion #1 messages posted for each session by Tuesday night. By Sunday evening during Sessions One through Six, participants will submitted their project to the Discussion Forum #2 for peer-review. The project rubrics and peer-review rubrics for each session and the Rubric Review Help Guide will assist you in completing this successfully. 

Course Project: During the course, participants will develop a WebQuest using the Course Project Template below. Each session will focus on a certain part of the WebQuest template to be completed. By Sunday of Sessions One through Six, participants will attach their WebQuest Course Project Template with the appropriate session completed to Discussion Forum #2 for peer review. During Sessions One through Six, the WebQuest Template will be submitted to each session's dropbox for facilitator evaluation. Submitted WebQuests must meet the criteria of the attached rubric. During Session Four, participants will utilize this rubric as a self-assessment tool and attach their self-assessed rubric into the course dropbox. Please reference this rubric prior to beginning work on the final project. Please plan appropriately so you have ample time to complete your project assignments in a timely manner.  

WebQuest Project Template
Session One Rubric
Session Two Rubric
Session Three Rubric
Session Four Rubric
Session Five Rubric
Session Six Rubric
Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course/ session project and all course activities. All work associated with the course/ session project is to be the original work of the course participant. Fair Use does not apply to the course/ session project.

Grades:
All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion. A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.

Course Surveys:
Participants are expected to complete an Orientation Survey by Sunday during the Orientation Session of the course, and complete a Final Survey by Sunday during the final course session.

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 for each qualifying participant are attached to the Session Six dropbox 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, West Virginia State University, or Concord 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.

As participants engage in course content, they will identify specific WV Standards.

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, 2008, February 2015 and March 2017.

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