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Criteria - Description

Aim:
for teachers to easily see if a particular web quest is suitable for their class.

Our Team of Teacher Reviewers describes each webquest by the following questions as guidelines:

  • Does it have the six main components of a webquest? ie.
    • introduction, task, process, resources, evaluation and conclusion
          
  • Who is it made for? Year Group and Subject Area - Key Learning Area (KLA)
       
  • Reading level/complexity: is the reading level or complexity suitable for the students it is intended for.
        
  • When was it made?
        
  • What are the Pre-requisites?
        
  • What prior learning is required?
       
  • Is the topic relevant and interesting to students? Is it quirky? Allows students to investigate different points of view?
       
  • Is this topic and content suitable to the targetted Year group?
       
  • What are the tasks? (this is the most important aspect of a webquest)
    • Is it just a "find and tell", therefore only a research assignment? If this is so, it cannot get a rating above 2.5 out of 5! (as the rating is based on higher order thinking skills - evaluation, analysis and synthesis Bloom's Taxonomy)
    • Are there roles that students have to investigate a particular issue in eg. If there is a webquest on Whales the roles could be: a New Zealander who is interested in protecting the environment, a Japanese eater of whale meat, an Australian Government official interested in protecting the waters around the Antarctic and an official from the United Nations investigating the dispute.

      What tasks do these roles have to undertake? Are higher order thinking skills required? To what extent?
    • Are the tasks interesting, relevant, require higher order thinking skills?
    • Are the tasks inclusive?
  • What product do the students have to produce? Are higher order thinking skills required? To what extent?
        
  • Are there adequate and appropriate web resources?
        
  • Are there any other resources listed?
        
  • Are the links broken? Majority? Some?
       
  • Is there real world feedback?
       
  • Does the graphic design (if any) help the students understanding of the webquest?
       
  • Is the navigation around the site simple and easy to follow?
       
  • As many rich key words describing the webquest as possible to aid in searching

      Form used by WebQuest Direct Team to review webquests

    database_form.jpg (43519 bytes) These six elements or components are vital to the foundation of a webquest:
    • An introduction that draws the learners attention to the topic and inspires them into action.

    • A task that is drawn from the introduction and sets out the goal.    

    • A description of the Process the learners should go through in accomplishing the task.   

    • Resources that are necessary for the task, most of which will be Internet resources.

    • A conclusion that brings closure to the quest, addresses the task, and maybe challenges the learner to act upon what they have achieved.

    • The assessment and rubric should show students what is expected of them and the grading process. Some will only show % others will show outcomes.

    Options: Teacher's Notes,

 

 





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