At Teacher/Trainer Professional Learning or TPL [http://www.webquestdirect.com.au/pd] we have gone back to basics about the development of a WebQuest. Reason? Well we were getting too many "WebQuests" submitted or created with SWAT that were just Research Assignments or Worksheets! It is so frustrating to find that teachers and trainers are using an old definition of WebQuests - "using anything on the Internet" instead of knowing that WebQuests are a sub-set of Problem-Based Learning (PBL).
For that reason, all our online courses have the following lesson plans:
Lesson 1: Overview and What is a WebQuest?
Lesson 2: Problem Based Learning [PBL]. What is a 'messy' problem? What is a Big Question - Essential Question or Focus Question?
Lesson 3: Roles or Perspectives: How is Collaboration involved?
Lesson 4: Tips for using Higher Order Thinking Skill Activities within the WebQuest
Lesson 5 & 6: How to use our Web 2.0 Tool (including using video clips, avatars)
Lesson 7: Scaffolding a WebQuest: Introduction, Task, Process, Resources, Evaluation, Conclusion, Teacher's/Trainer's Guide - each section's purpose is explained
Lesson 8: Assessment: Show off your WebQuest!