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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Overcoming Obstacles to Quicker WebQuest Creation

What stops the adoption of WebQuests and other constructivist lesson formats? At a recent conference, Bernie Dodge (the creator of the WebQuest model) analysed the problem and pointed to solutions that close the gaps.

There is an increasing interest in the use of WebQuests in the UK, and I’m hearing more and more people asking about ways that they can be used to support their teaching and learning. They can make a really useful online resource however, as someone who has (a) created WebQuests, and (b) delivered training in how to produce them, I appreciate that while they can make a great teaching aid, then can also be very time consuming to create.

Fortunately this is something that others have also found and this has led to a closer look at ways that the creation of WebQuests can be simplified and speeded up. It was also the key theme of a presentation that Bernie Dodge gave yesterday, at the NECC conference. (At which he also unveiled his new authoring environment that will be generally available on September 1).

The themes of this presentation are universal ones affecting most people that create WebQuests; they don’t appear to be unique to any specific authoring tool. This makes Bernie’s presentation particularly useful to anyone who wants to get an overview of what some of the main obstacles to WebQuest creation are, and how these might be overcome.

You can download the presentation (53 slides) here.

Note – ACLearn tends to be the driving force for the adoption of WebQuests in Adult and Community Learning in the UK. They have a really comprehensive website with links, examples and resources and free software to get you started. If you haven’t yet seen the site but are interested in learning more about webquest adoption here, that’s a very good place to start!


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