The WebQuests are an inquiry-based format encourages students to acquire most of the evidence or data from the Internet to solve a problem or present a case. After gathering the data and working with it in various fashions, the students input the data into templates that form a complete digital arrangement. The final project can be used for remote or face-to-face presentations.
On several occasions, I have used the WebQuest model to support students through problem solving or knowledge building activities. WebQuest.org and Zunal offer the tools to build original WebQuests as well as the ability to use or customize thousands of existing WebQuests to create an inquiry-oriented learning experience for your students. After years of working with Moodle, I decided to see if there was an alternate means of publishing a WebQuest within our Moodle LMS to avoid licensing restrictions and hopefully identify a less complex means of creating and presenting WebQuests. After some team consultation, we identified the Moodle Book feature as the the tool with the most potential to produce a WebQuest.
The Moodle Book and WebQuests are built on a series of chapters. Both require text, multimedia, user navigation and hyperlinking features. As well the Moodle ATTO editor offers more potential for interaction and creation with native H5Ps, user audio and video recording, digital sketching, emoticons, equations editor, tables and potential of IFrames.
If you are interested in looking into using a Moodle Book WebQuest for your classes, have a look at LearnIT2teach’s Add a Moodle Book resource to get you started setting up Moodle book and its requisite chapters.
Reasons for using a WebQuest
- Web Quests can be made in Moodle.
- Documents can be linked from a WebQuest (PowerPoint, Word, images,video…).
- Online WebQuest exemplars streamline the development process.
- They promote higher-order student thinking, brainstorming, cooperation, organization and presentation.
- They can incorporate problem solving into your course.
- Students deal with real-world issues when using WebQuests.
- Web Quests can be shared, or repurposed for different audiences/levels.
- No web coding ability is required to build a Moodle WebQuest.
- WebQuests are easily shared using the Moodle Sharing Cart.
- WebQuests are appropriate for online or blended learning.
Although WebQuests are older technology, they still perform a unique function if assembled with some care. Currently, I am mentoring language instructors to add Moodle Book WebQuests into their courses. I hope that the book “How To” worksheet helps you with this endeavor.
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