Exercise: Webquest/Scavenger Hunt

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Technology Needed

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.

Estimated Time

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).

Procedure

  1. Students are assigned to groups and asked to complete a webquest during class or outside of class time.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Students compile their findings on a collaborative document, wiki or blog.