Most WebQuests promote cooperative learning while engaging students in critical thinking activities. The most manageable way to facilitate students' communication while remaining on task is through role playing.

Although you may design a WebQuest for the individual student, students will typically work in groups of two to five, each encountering a role-specific section of the problem the group is challenged to solve. Roles may be hetrogenous within the group or each group may consist of a role.

Students may be required to arrive at a conclusion, form an opinion, or create a product after working through a series of skill-building activities.

Each of the activities below forms a foundation for the next. As you participte in this Quest, you may opt to work through each Key Experience on your own or divide up the roles with group members and become area experts. The key to both approaches is communication. As a group member, your communication on your Experience is crucial to the whole group's understanding. As an individual, communicating with colleagues will facilitate your understanding of this module.

It should be noted that with students, both youth and adults, communication and group dynamics may not be easy. Time must be provided in the activities for structured sharing or internal processing, depending on the approach. Take the communication's skill test to see how you rate.

If you are ready to begin, select a lesson from the "Key Experiences" table by clicking on the swirl to its left.

  Key Experiences Role
Defining the "WebQuest"  Reporter
Analyzing WebQuests  Reviewer
Gathering the Pieces: Using Resources Effectively  Communicator
Designing a WebQuest  Designer
Evaluating Your WebQuest Evaluator