WebQuests

Course Information

Overview
Course Description
Rationale and Purpose
Desired Student Outcomes
Evidence of Learning
Education Standards
Method of Assessment
Grading Rubric

Welcome to the WebQuest course offered through Fresno Pacific University's Center for Professional Development. You are about to embark on the adventure of learning about and then creating your own educational adventures called WebQuests.

Overview

What is a WebQuest?

Here is how three popular, long-time WebQuesters describe a WebQuest:

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Course Description

The course is designed to assist participants in learning about, using, and creating the increasingly popular WebQuest. Individuals will work independently on a number of online assignments designed to familiarize them with the philosophy and theory behind the WebQuest model. The culminating project will be the creation of one’s own unique WebQuest, which incorporates national content and technology standards into one of their curricular units. The course focus will provide teachers with strategies, steps, guidelines, tools and resources for developing standards-based WebQuests that require critical and creative thinking skills. The course is suitable for teachers of all grade levels and subjects.

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Rationale and Purpose

*ISTE = International Society for Technology in Education
**NETS = National Educational Technology Standards

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Desired Student Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course participants will be able to:

1.      Present an overview of WebQuests (NETS I) (NBPTS 1)

  1. List the components of a WebQuest (NETS II, III) (NBPTS 1)
  2. Evaluate WebQuests (NETS II, IV, V) (NBPTS 1)
  3. Locate resources that will help them create their own great WebQuests (NETS II, V) (NBPTS 3)
  4. Design their own WebQuest relating to their curriculum (NETS I, II, III, IV, V) (NBPTS 2)
  5. Identify standards addressed by their WebQuest (NETS II, III, V) (NBPTS 2, 3, 5)
  6. Design a WebQuest rubric (NETS IV, V) (NBPTS 3)
  7. Use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources (NETS I, IV) (NBPTS 3, 5)
  8. State legal requirements with regards to copyright and plagiarism (NETS III, IV, VI) (NBPTS 4)
  9. Properly cite Internet resources (NETS V, VI) (NBPTS 4)
  10. Display positive attitudes toward teaching with technology (NETS III, V) (NBPTS 1, 5)

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Evidence of Student Learning

            Each assignment is focused on a component of WebQuests. The course culminating project then demands mastery of each component in order for each student to create their own unique WebQuest. The completion of the culminating project then ties together all assignments and provides evidence of authentic assessment of student learning in the most practical way.

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National Education Standards

National Educational Technology Standards

            One of the strengths of WebQuests is that they offer a method for content-specific technology integration in K-12 settings. WebQuests address each of the ISTE* Student NETS**, particularly the second part of number six: "Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world."

            More specifically this course particularly addresses each of the six standards of the ISTE Teacher NETS which are listed here:

         I.      Technology operations and concepts.

         II.     Planning and designing learning environments and experiences.

         III.    Teaching, learning, and the curriculum.

         IV.   Assessment and evaluation.

         V.    Productivity and professional practice.

         VI.   Social, ethical, legal, and human issues.

            Each of the WebQuest Desired Student Outcomes is tied to one or more of these ISTE Teacher NETS as indicated by the Roman numerals after each Desired Student Outcome.

            As noted above, all of the ISTE teacher standards are addressed, but particularly II and III.

II. Planning and Designing Learning Environments and Experiences: Teachers plan and design effective learning environments and experiences supported by technology.

III. Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum: Teachers implement curriculum plans that include methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning.

Teachers:
A. Facilitate technology-enhanced experiences that address content standards and student technology standards.
B. Use technology to support learner-centered strategies that address the diverse needs of students.
D. Manage student learning activities in a technology-enhanced environment.

*ISTE = International Society for Technology in Education
**NETS = National Educational Technology Standards

National Standards for the Teaching Profession

 

      The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has established high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. These standards represent a professional consensus on the aspects of practice that distinguish accomplished teachers. Cast in terms of actions that teachers take to advance student achievement, these standards also incorporate the essential knowledge, skills, dispositions and commitments that allow teachers to practice at a high level. These standards are grounded philosophically in five core propositions.

      The WebQuest course contributes to each of the core propositions and addresses many of the NBPTS Standards as follows:

 

NBPTS Core Propositions

For more information and full text of the What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do go to http://www.nbpts.org/national-board-standards

 

            Each of the WebQuest Desired Student Outcomes is tied to one or more of these NBPTS Core Propositions as indicated by the cardinal numerals after each Desired Student Outcome.

 

1.   Teachers are committed to students and their learning.

      WebQuests motivate students to participate in the learning experience. WebQuests provide unique opportunities to develop respect for individual, cultural, religious and racial differences.

 

2.   Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.

      WebQuests add to the instructional repertoire allowing teachers to create multiple paths to learning the subjects they teach.

 

3.   Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.

      WebQuests allow teachers to create, maintain and alter instructional settings to capture and sustain the interest of their students, while making effective use of instructional time and resources.

 

4.   Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.

      WebQuests create settings that enable teachers to demonstrate capacities that are prerequisites for intellectual growth – the ability to reason, take multiple perspectives, be creative and take risks, and experiment and solve problems.

 

5.   Teachers are members of learning communities.

      WebQuests assist teachers in finding ways to work collaboratively and creatively with world, national and local community members, as well as parents, engaging them productively in the scope of a WebQuest.

 

 

NBPTS Professional Teaching Standards

      The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has identified certain commonalities that characterize the accomplished practice of teachers. These professional characteristics of accomplished teachers are reflected in the NBPTS Standards. The WebQuest course addresses many of these standards as follows:

l Knowledge of students – Participants will create WebQuests that demonstrate their knowledge of students’ abilities, interests, aspirations and values.

l Knowledge of content and curriculum – WebQuest course participants will draw on their knowledge of subject matter and curriculum development in deciding what is important and appropriate to learn in fashioning their WebQuest and course assignments.

l Learning environment – WebQuest participants will produce a culminating project that will establish a caring, inclusive, stimulating and safe educational experience.

l Respect for diversity – WebQuest assignments help participants produce an atmosphere that fosters respect and appreciation for individual differences.

l Instructional resources – WebQuest participants will create and assess a rich and varied collection of WebQuest examples and resources.

l Meaningful applications of knowledge – WebQuest participants will explore and produce WebQuests that helps their students understand how the subjects they study can be used to explore important issues in their lives and the world around them.

l Family involvement – WebQuest participants will make it possible for parents to participate in their WebQuest creations.

l Contributions to the profession – WebQuest participants will make it possible for other educators to access their WebQuest creation for feedback and/or classroom use.

Common Core Standards


The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare children for college and the workforce.

The standards are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live.

For WebQuest students whose culminating project is in the content areas of English Language Arts or Mathematics, the required accompanying WebQuest lesson plan should address the Common Core Standards. See http:/www.corestandards.org.

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Method of Assessment

Seven Assignments

50%

Final WebQuest Product

50%

The Seven Assignments

Each of the seven assignments deal with one of the standard components of the typical WebQuest. Each component is presented as a mini WebQuest (about using and creating WebQuests) but also includes tasks for gaining familiarity with the various WebQuest attrributes and to springboard you into the building of your own unique WebQuest. Each of the seven assignments are completed online and submitted electronically to the instructor for evaluation and feedback.

Assignment 1: The WebQuest Introduction

Assignment 2: The WebQuest Task

Assignment 3: The WebQuest Process

Assignment 4: The WebQuest Resources

Assignment 5: The WebQuest Assessment

Assignment 6: The WebQuest Conclusion

Assignment 7: The WebQuest Additional Components

The Final WebQuest Product

The Final WebQuest Product is a culminating project in which the student applies the knowledge gained in the seven assignments to the creation of their own unique WebQuest including a lesson plan for classroom use. A variety of options for presenting the final WebQuest Product are available.

Grading Scale

A

90% and above

B

80% - 89%


CR

80% and above

NC

less than 75%

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Grading Rubric

 

Project

Total Points

To earn an ‘A’

(90-100% of total points possible)

To earn a ‘B’

(80-89% of total points possible)

No Credit

(less than 80%)

Points Earned

Assignment Number 1:

WebQuest Introduction

50

(45-50 points)

n sagacious  answers

n clear/concise  answers

n creative/appropriate  answers

n 90% or more of  answers are accurate and complete

n articulate forum contribution

n creative/exciting hook

n the “Big Question” is clear

 

(40-44 points)

n satisfactory  answers

n somewhat clear/concise  answers

n somewhat creative/ appropriate  answers

n at least 80% of  answers are accurate and complete

n understandable forum contribution

n somewhat creative/exciting hook

n the “Big Question” is understandable

 

(less than 40 points)

n inadequate  answers

n unclear/rambling  answers

n dull/inappropriate  answers

n fewer than 80% of  answers are accurate and complete

n incomprehensible forum contribution

n boring/unexciting hook

n the “Big Question” is unclear

 

Assignment

Number 2:

WebQuest

Task

50

(45-50 points)

n sagacious  answers

n clear/concise  answers

n creative/appropriate  answers

n 90% or more of  answers are accurate and complete

n articulate forum contribution

n potential task clearly describes end result

(40-44 points)

n satisfactory  answers

n somewhat clear/concise  answers

n somewhat creative/ appropriate  answers

n at least 80% of  answers are accurate and complete

n understandable forum contribution

n potential task somewhat describes end result

(less than 40 points)

n inadequate  answers

n unclear/rambling  answers

n dull/inappropriate  answers

n fewer than 80% of  answers are accurate and complete

n incomprehensible forum contribution

n potential fails to describe end result

 

Assignment

Number 3:

WebQuest

Process

50

(45-50 points)

n sagacious  answers

n clear/concise  answers

n creative/appropriate  answers

n 90% or more of  answers are accurate and complete

n articulate forum contribution

n potential process of steps is clearly delineated

 

(40-44 points)

n satisfactory  answers

n somewhat clear/concise  answers

n somewhat creative/ appropriate  answers

n at least 80% of  answers are accurate and complete

n understandable forum contribution

n potential process of steps is understandable

 

 (less than 40 points)

n inadequate  answers

n unclear/rambling  answers

n dull/inappropriate  answers

n fewer than 80% of  answers are accurate and complete

n incomprehensible forum contribution

n potential process of steps is vague

 

 

Assignment

Number 4:

WebQuest

Resources

50

(45-50 points)

n sagacious  answers

n clear/concise  answers

n creative/appropriate  answers

n 90% or more of answers are accurate and complete

n articulate forum contribution

n 6 or more resources annotated

n resources relevant

n resources appropriate

 n clear, accurate annotations

n comprehensive website rubric

n proper website citations

 

 

(40-44 points)

n satisfactory  answers

n somewhat clear/concise  answers

n somewhat creative/ appropriate  answers

n at least 80% of  answers are accurate and complete

n understandable forum contribution

n at least 4 resources annotated

n resources semi-relevant

n resources semi-appropriate

n some degree of clarity and accuracy in annotations

n adequate website rubric

n improper website citations

 

(less than 40 points)

n inadequate  answers

n unclear/rambling  answers

n dull/inappropriate  answers

n fewer than 80% of  answers are accurate and complete

n incomprehensible forum contribution

n fewer than 4 resources annotated

n resources not relevant

n resources not appropriate

n vague annotations

n insufficient website rubric

n lack of website citations

 

 

Assignment

Number 5:

WebQuest

Assessments

50

(45-50 points)

n sagacious  answers

n clear/concise  answers

n creative/appropriate  answers

n 90% or more of answers are accurate and complete

n articulate forum contribution

n comprehensive WebQuest assessment

 

(40-44 points)

n satisfactory  answers

n somewhat clear/concise  answers

n somewhat creative/ appropriate  answers

n at least 80% of  answers are accurate and complete

n understandable forum contribution

n adequate WebQuest assessment

(less than 40 points)

n inadequate  answers

n unclear/rambling  answers

n dull/inappropriate  answers

n fewer than 80% of  answers are accurate and complete

n incomprehensible forum contribution

n insufficient WebQuest assessment

 

Assignment

Number 6:

WebQuest

Conclusion

50

(45-50 points)

n sagacious  answers

n clear/concise answers

n creative/appropriate  answers

n 90% or more of  answers are accurate and complete

n articulate forum contribution

n comprehensive conclusion

 

 

(40-44 points)

n satisfactory  answers

n somewhat clear/concise  answers

n somewhat creative/ appropriate  answers

n at least 80% of  answers are accurate and complete

n understandable forum contribution

n adequate conclusion

(less than 40 points)

n inadequate  answers

n unclear/rambling  answers

n dull/inappropriate  answers

n fewer than 80% of  answers are accurate and complete

n incomprehensible forum contribution

n insufficient conclusion

 

 

Assignment

Number 7:

WebQuest

Additional

Components

50

(45-50 points)

n sagacious  answers

n clear/concise  answers

n creative/appropriate  answers

n 90% or more of answers are accurate and complete

n articulate forum contribution

n comprehensive additional components

 

 

(40-44 points)

n satisfactory  answers

n somewhat clear/concise  answers

n somewhat creative/ appropriate  answers

n at least 80% of  answers are accurate and complete

n understandable forum contribution

n adequate additional components

(less than 40 points)

n inadequate  answers

n unclear/rambling  answers

n dull/inappropriate  answers

n fewer than 80% of  answers are accurate and complete

n incomprehensible forum contribution

n insufficient additional components

 

 

Culminating

Project

Create a WebQuest

350

(315-350 points)

n WebQuest is superior in design

n The WebQuest is appropriate for content area and/or grade level

n navigation is intuitive

n visuals (images & graphics) enhance the WebQuest experience

n the purpose of the WebQuest is clearly evident

n all links work

n clear connections to national standards

n superior introduction hooking

and preparing the audience.

n task is doable and engaging

n every step of process is clearly stated

n resources are relevant and necessary

n superior assessments of task accomplishment  evaluation

n superior conclusion bringing closure to the WebQuest

n includes several additional components

n WebQuest is easily accessible by students, colleagues and parents

n Lesson Plan includes all required elements andsome optional elements

(280-314 points)

n WebQuest is satisfactory in design

n WebQuest  is some-what appropriate for content area and/ or grade level

n navigation is somewhat intuitive

n visuals (images & graphics) offer some enhancement to the WebQuest experience

n the purpose of the WebQuest  is somewhat evident

n some links are broken

n vague connections to national standards

n satisfactory introduction hooking and preparing the audience.

n task too difficult for audience

n process steps not clear n not all resources are relevant and/or necessary

n satisfactory assessments of task accomplishment  evaluation

n satisfactory conclusion bringing closure to the WebQuest

n few additional components

n WebQuest  is easily accessible by students

n Lesson Plan includes all required elements

(less than 280 points)

n WebQuest is mediocre in design

n WebQuest is of questionable appropriateness for content area and/or grade level

n navigation is random

n visuals do not contribute to the WebQuest experience

n the purpose of the WebQuest is not evident

n many links are broken

n no connections to national standards

n inadequate introduction hooking and preparing the audience.

n task not realistic

n process steps are confusing

n resources are irrelevant

n inadequate assessments of task accomplishment  evaluation

n inadequate conclusion bringing closure to the WebQuest

n no additional components

n WebQuest is not easily accessible

n Lesson Plan missing some required elements

 

 

 

TOTAL POSSIBLE SCORE = 700                                                  TOTAL POINTS EARNED FOR COURSE  =  _________

 

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