Summary of Example Activity
Students are assigned a topic and given a set of internet resources to conduct research and either solve a problem or accomplish a task.
Students can work collaboratively through a collaborative document (such as Google Docs), a blog or a wiki to create a resource that completes the assignment.
Students will be able to:
- Synthesize information from a variety of sources.
- Explore how course topics are differently understood and experienced.
- Demonstrate critical thought about the topic.
- Develop online intercultural communication skills
- Develop an understanding of how to work within different learning styles, regional/national perspectives and time zones.
- Explore how the main concepts are differently understood and experienced (more pronounced if the students have different training or experience).
Materials and Data Needed
Other than having a general understanding of the course material, students are not required to prepare any material. The instructor must compile a list of internet resources for the Webquest, as well as a list of questions/topics or a problem that students will need to solve.
Students will be required to have internet access. If they will compile the information on a wiki or a blog, they will need access to either a general wiki or blog website dedicated to the class, or a wiki or blog feature in an LMS such as Moodle.
A webquest can be planned as a short term activity from thirty minutes to three hours (during class time) or as a long term activity that takes five to seven hours over the course of a week (outside of class time).
- Students are assigned to groups and asked to complete a webquest during class or outside of class time.
- Students are either given access to the contact information of their group members so that they might create a collaborative document or they are given access to a blog or wiki space to compile information from the webquest. This should be done at least 1 week in advance to ensure that all students have the required hardware and software to participate and to allow time to troubleshoot any problems students may have with access.
- If the webquest is to take place during class, students report to class with wireless devices and use the list of internet resources to research the question/problems. If the webquest is assigned over the course of the week, students are provided the list of resources and complete the webquest outside of class time.
- Students compile their findings on a collaborative document, wiki or blog.