What is a WebQuest?

Search for the word "WebQuest" in any search engine, and you soon discover thousands of online lessons created by teachers around the world. What is a WebQuest? A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented online tool for learning, says workshop expert Bernie Dodge 1. This means it is a classroom-based lesson in which most or all of the information that students explore and evaluate comes from the World Wide Web. Beyond that, WebQuests:

  • can be as short as a single class period or as long as a month-long unit;
  • usually (though not always) involve group work, with division of labor among students who take on specific roles or perspectives;
  • are built around resources that are preselected by the teacher. Students spend their time USING information, not LOOKING for it., 2012

Useful Links
Understanding and Using WebQuests: A great list of resources for WebQuests developed with input from Kathy Shrock (Technology Integration Guru), for use during WebQuest workshop.
WebQuest.Org: Recently "overhauled" this website has everything. "...the most complete and current source of information about the WebQuest Model. Whether you're an education student new to the topic or an experienced teacher educator looking for materials, you'll find something here to meet your needs.

Zunal WebQuest Maker: Easy to use and FREE!!

WebQuest Template (html)

Useful Documents

Links to Model WebQuests (for use or as reference)
A Christmas Carol

Erie Canal Website (from Fayetteville-Manlius CSD)

Shakespear WebQuest