Learning with WebQuests

Quest(ion) / Task


The Quest(ion) / Task serves to focus your entire WebQuest and helps students engage in higher-order thinking. The Quest(ion) makes students look beyond the facts to how things relate, what is the truth, how good or right something is.

In writing your own Quest(ion) / Task Statement, it will be helpful to think about what gets listed in the higher levels of things like Bloom's Taxonomy:

also consider such things as:

It could also be helpful for you to read through Some Thoughts About WebQuests, an article written by the creator of the WebQuest, Prof. Bernie Dodge, back in February of 1995.

Example Quest(ions)

A good strategy for learning a concept like "What is a good WebQuest Quest(ion)?" is to give a bunch of examples, so here goes:

How should the U.S. relate to China in order to achieve its overall goals?

Nuclear Power Plants
Should we build them in our own back yard?

The U.S. National Debt
What should be done with the debt and deficit?

What are the social, economic and political effects of cloning on individuals, families and communities?

What is the value of art?

Example Tasks

The Task is what action or product students will take or develop to demonstrate that they have achieved the learning goals shaped by the Quest(ion). Some examples:
Complete a HyperStudio template that argues your decision.

Nuclear Power Plants
Create a Special Report for a town meeting that makes sense out of the complex issue of nuclear power.

The U.S. National Debt
Send a letter to your representative in the United States Congress that demonstrates what your team has learned from the three perspectives provided by the Number Cruncher, Fact Checker, and Budget Director.

Each team presents a brief (10 to15 minute) informational summary of its findings. Then a detailed plan is created on how the senate should proceed.

Prepare a presentation that will persuade your client to contract with your brokerage firm. Include the following in your presentation: a brief history, a map, a chart, and a spreadsheet.

By Tom March,  tmarch@mail.sdsu.edu

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Last updated September 10, 1997.