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About WebQuests

Similar to Interactive-Case-Based Learning activities, WebQuests incorporate Problem-Based-Learning (PBL) case-based studies and resources from the World Wide Web. Unlike Interactive Case Based Learning activities, WebQuests derive information from both prior knowledge and new resources, many, if not all, of which are internet-based.

WebQuests are inquiry-oriented activities in which some or all of the information that students interact with comes from internet resources. These activities were first designed by Bernie Dodge and Tom March at San Diego State University in 1995. WebQuests can be short (1-3 class periods) or long (more than 3 class periods) term projects, but share the following general outline:

WebQuests may be utilized as group activities, single or multidisciplinary, and enhanced by a fictional motivational, role-playing element (e.g. student plays a detective, scientist, etc.). This information has been derived from Bernie Dodge's website.

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