Experience #4

 


The design process definitely comprises the most laborious work. Searching for websites and graphics is much more entertaining for most than working through text drafts, organizing instruction, correlating standards and planning navigation. These are, however, necessary steps to designing an educational WebQuest.

In this lesson, you will plan each of your six WebQuest sections, write a first draft, search for Quest tools, and select and modify a WebQuest template.

This lesson will take you at least two hours plus the time it takes you to research graphics and insert elements into your selected template. To complete this experience you must be able to:

 
Use a web editing program

 
Navigate and research on the Web

 
Download, save and open files

 
Save/insert graphics & create hotlinks

 
Create a simple web page*

 
Plan and organize concepts and information

*You may utilize some of the online tutorials in the selected readings or enroll in formal classes. This WebQuest is not designed to teach web page creation or graphic manipulation.

Go now to Selected Readings to prepare yourself for organizing and designing your WebQuest. If you feel confident in your ability to organize a WebQuest, go to Activity One for a quick review and to utilize a planning template and then on to Activity Two. This lesson will be completed with Activity Three.


   Selected Readings

Review this visual aid for WebQuest Design to assist you in organizing your development process. Select an online tutorial if you need help in the identified areas.

Online Tutorials

Naming Files:
Triton Summer Symposium

WebPages Using Frames

 Organizing Files:
Triton Summer Symposium

  Transferring Files to Remote Server:
Triton Summer Symposium

HTML Using Word

Tutorials for the Intermediate User

Move on to Activity One where you will review the six parts of a WebQuest and then begin developing your own lesson.


Activity One
#1: Introduction: Kathy Shrock's Summary

Write a short paragraph here to introduce the WebQuest to your students. Remember, this is their first interaction with your WebQuest so draw them in! Your introduction should include the elements below, to the right.

 

Engaging

Clear

Meaningful

Global

#2: Task: Kathy Shrock's Summary
Determining the type of task first may help:
Taskonomy

Describe the end result of the learners' activities. The task could be a series of questions; a summary to be created; a problem to be solved; an opinion to be formed and defended; or anything that requires the learners to process, synthesize, and evaluate the information they gather. Tasks should include elements below.

 

Problem-Based

Relevance

Product-Based

Technology

Multiple xxxExperiences

#3: Process: Kathy Shrock's Summary

How will the learners arrive at the anticipated outcome? What are the steps? If cooperative learning and role playing is involved, explain in detail here. Your process should include the elements below, to the right.

 

Strategies

Clear Steps

Methods

Relevance

Discovery x

#4: Resources: Kathy Shrock's Summary

Provide some strategies or advice for organizing information students gather. For example, you may advise the use of various graphic organizers or checklists, or provide them with some from which to select. Your sources should provide the learner with information but not the direct solution/answer. Selected resources should include the elements below, to the right.

 

Quality sources

Varietysources

Interaction

Relevance


#5: Evaluation: Kathy Shrock's Summary

This section provides students with the measurement tool for their end product. It is a gauge for both teachers and students. You have the option of evaluating students in a variety of ways. The Scoring Guide or Rubric is the most common assessment tool for WebQuests. Options include self-assessment, peer-assessment, outside-of the-school-environment assessment, or teacher-assessment. Remember as you write this section, that clarity is important for both your students and other teachers who may use your Quest.

  Clear Criteria
Examples
Score Values
Measurable
xxxResults

 Read About Rubrics
A.k.a. Scoring Guides

Rubric Template
Design your own!
#6: Conclusion: Kathy Shrock's Summary

Write a couple of sentences here that summarize their experience. Encourage them to reflect upon what they have learned and to make connections across disciplines. Your conclusion should include the elements below, to the right.

 

Reflection

Encouragement

Closure

Connection


Now that you have completed the first phase of your design, copy and paste your responses into the Word document from Experience #3: Gathering Your Resources. Make revisions to your information as you find it necessary. Remember to always keep your audience in mind.


Activity Two

Now you are ready to begin the search for resources. Look for sites that will provide pieces of information that the students will have to synthesize to complete their task. If you are using a group approach, sort your links into roles to save time later. Print out or copy/paste the Resource List page and start searching!


Activity Three

After you have found your links, select a template to use for your WebQuest. Copy/paste or download the chosen template and open it in your web editing or word processing program to begin entering the information that you have compiled. If you are an advanced user, you may design your own Quest without the aid of a template. Remember to save your main page with your navigtion bar index.htm or index.html . Your navigation bar should be visible for students on all pages.

Templates
 OzLine  SDSU's Templates
Lots of Choices
 Template Anatomy

After your content has been placed, look for colorful and appropriate graphics for your pages. Keep continuity by selecting a color scheme that will be replicated on each of the pages. The sites in the first column consist of tutorials and information if you have limited experience in using graphics or need a refresher. Use the sites below to assist your search.

Graphic Sites

 Graphics Tutorial

Cartoon Images

Image Surfer

 Adding Color & Graphics 

 PixelPlace

 Amazing Picture Machine

  Manipulating Images:
Triton Summer Symposium

 AnimationCreations
Animated GIFS & Java

CoolText
Design your own

Digitizing Images:
Triton Summer Symposium

 JumpOff to Clipart

 Clipart Server

Inserting graphics into your template and revising content take a considerable amount of time, but once you are past that stage, it's smooth sailing! If you're ready for the evaluation stage, click here: . If you need assistance, see the page and ask an expert.

If you are working in a group as the Designer, you must provide leadership in the design process. You will need the input of all group members in the planning and writing of your Quest. Print copies of the activities on this page for your group members and facilitate a discussion/planning session.