I created a WebQuest as a workshop activity for professional development. And when I finished, I realized that it was very much like an assignment in a class! The WebQuest goes something like this:
- The “teacher” gives some background knowledge.
- Then we are given something to do, a task in WebQuest language.
- Sometimes we are given a procedure on how to accomplish our task.
- Then we often directed to some links to read more about the subject and perhaps some additional reading materials to download.
Except for building a website to house the lesson plan, a WebQuest looks pretty much like an assignment!
Given the amount of work that goes into a WebQuest, and the fact that it looks very much like a lesson plan, should a website be added to the assignment or is it just busy work? I admit that I like a finished project to look professional and refined. A website can certainly do that. And I might not have created the website if I short on time. Too much to do and too little time.