A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web.
The goal of the WebQuest model is to create lessons that make good use of the web, engage learners in applying higher level thinking to authentic problems, and use everyone’s time well. Since the beginning, one of the ongoing challenges has been to make it faster and easier for teachers to do all these things. QuestGarden is the end result of those 14 years of effort. Since then, thousands of teachers have embraced WebQuests as a way to make good use of the internet while engaging their students in interactive, digitally based thinking, appropriate to 21st century technology.
Who is this Site For?
If you’re looking for a way to go beyond rote learning and disengaged learners, consider designing interactive online lessons with QuestGarden. This is useful for pre-service teachers, working teachers, and the professional developers and teacher educators who work with them. The lessons created on this site are available for use by educators everywhere. Instructors of courses and workshops can request that a group page be set up so that participants can give feedback to each other as they develop new WebQuests. A free 30-day trial of the lesson creation tools is available and a 2-year subscription that offers additional features costs only $20.
The model was developed by Bernie Dodge, PhD at San Diego State University in February, 1995, the Educational Technology staff at San Diego Unified School District, and participants attending the Teach the Teachers Consortium.To learn more about this teaching tool, go to: WEBQUEST