Process

At the conference, the presenter identified 3 phases in the development of a WebQuest.

Phase 1: Identifying Objectives and Activities & Aligning to Standards

The presenter said this was perhaps the hardest part of creating a WebQuest - coming up with and refining an idea to be something meaningful and relevant to students, and aligned with the standards for your grade level/subject.

As you begin thinking about your WebQuest, you might want to start by exploring other WebQuests, examining the standards for your grade level/subject, and/or brainstorming with colleagues. 

In this phase you need to:

  1. Decide on the objectives for your WebQuest - what will the students be able to do or know about by the time they are finished with the WebQuest? What is the central problem or question they are seeking to solve?
  2. Decide what activities the students will be doing during this WebQuest in order to meet these objectives.
  3. Align your objectives and activities to the Indiana Academic Standards for your grade level/subject.

Below are some resources that may be helpful to you in this phase:

http://webquest.sdsu.edu/about_webquests.html
http://webquest.org/index-resources.php
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/staffdev/tpss99/processguides/index.htm
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/staffdev/tpss99/processchecker.html

 

Phase 2: Developing Your WebQuest in QuestGarden

Now that you have your idea, you need to get an account in QuestGarden so you can start building your WebQuest. 

1. Visit the following address to sign up for your free QuestGarden space: http://www.questgarden.com (copy and paste this address into your Web browser)

2. Click the "Register for 30 Day Trial" link to sign up for a 30-day free trial subscription (after the 30 days are up, anything you have posted will remain but you will not be able to edit or create new WebQuests until you pay the fee, a reasonable $20 for 2 years of service). Provide all requested information accurately. Where it asks for a Group Code, enter IN124PUC.  When you are finished you will be able to access your new WebQuest space and get started. Be sure to write down your username and password for later use!!

3. Click Overview to read more about WebQuests and what QuestGarden is all about. When you're ready to begin, click "Create a New WebQuest."

The Introduction, Task, Process, Evaluation, and Conclusion are what makes a WebQuest a WebQuest. As you look through QuestGarden you notice that each part of the WebQuest already has some helpful hints written into the template for you. You remember that the presenter at the conference said the hints and advice in QuestGarden are very helpful, so you will be sure to read them carefully.  The presenter also suggested that you follow through the different parts of the WebQuest creation in order, from top to bottom along the left-hand side of the page. 

As you begin working your way through the different parts, you review your notes from the conference presentation where the presenter gave some helpful tips for creating each section of a WebQuest:  


Phase 3: Formatting & Editing your QuestGarden WebQuest

1. As the presenter informed you, QuestGarden was designed to make creating a WebQuest a simple process that requires minimal technical knowledge. In addition to simplifying the actual creation of the WebQuest webpages, QuestGarden also provides helpful tips and advice related to developing the content of the WebQuest. You will, therefore, want to read through the information and guidance in each section carefully.

As you go down the list of sections to add content, you notice both instructions and a text box where you can type your information. This box allows you to manipulate the colors and styles of your text, as well as create simple tables and hyperlinks. You can even upload small to medium sized pictures (nothing bigger than 500x500 pixels in size) to display on your WebQuest.

You again review your notes from the presentation for more helpful tips about working in QuestGarden:

Note: You should include at least two images in your QuestGarden WebQuest that enhance the look of your WebQuest and/or support student learning.

2. When you completed your WebQuest and you have it the way you want it, you must publish it for it to be completed! To publish it, click the "Publish" link in the Tools section of the left-hand menu, and follow the directions there. You will receive a URL when publication is complete and you can access that URL any time in the Publish section of your QuestGarden WebQuest. If you need to make any edits after you have published your Webquest, you will need to republish it by again clicking the Publish link in the menu (the content will be updated, but the URL will remain the same).

When you submit the assignment in Vista and in TaskStream, please type in (or preferably, copy & paste) the URL (Internet address) for your WebQuest in the Submission text box. If your WebQuest cannot be accessed due to spelling/typing errors in the URL, you will receive a 0 for the assignment.  Remember also that you will submit this URL in TWO PLACES: in BlackBoard Vista and in TaskStream. If you fail to submit your work through TaskStream as well as BlackBoard Vista, you will receive a failing grade for the assignment and an incomplete in the course. Please see the video tutorial within the Blackboard course site for additional information on how to submit your work in TaskStream.