Creator Prof Bernie Dodge: What is a WebQuest? Pitfalls

by frances 6. January 2010 11:39

In this very interesting video clip, Prof Dodge explains further the Pitfalls encountered by creators of WebQuests particularly:

  • Inappropriate Topic
    • Procedures need to be known
    • Factual Recall
    • Topic is already well covered by text books
  • Inauthentic Task
    • Where the topic is a single facet - there is no difference of opinion
    • Where the topic is not current or
    • one that an adult would not encounter

I also liked the following diagrams that Prof Dodge has in this video:


When using Bloom's Taxonomy, I often describe the Higher Order Thinking Skills (Analysis, Synthesis [Creativity], and Evaluation) as the HOTS but the other elements - Knowledge, Comprehension, and, Application as the Lower Order Thinking Skills or LOTS. In classrooms, we tend to use the LOTS alot!!!! But we need to use the HOTS to get students to THINK!
The other useful diagram is:
Again, in the classroom we do LOTS of the verbs that Bernie has pointed out here but we need to encourage students or participants to use the "LIFE VERBS" - what a great phrase!!!


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