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University of Virginia

EDLF 589: Using and Creating Web-Based Lessons

One (1) graduate credit

Instructor: Dr. Cynthia Sparks



In this course participants will explore the concept of web-based lessons. They will research and evaluate teacher created WebQuests posted on the web. After researching and evaluating existing lessons, participants will create their own web-based lesson that engages students in higher order thinking and cooperative learning through an inquiry-based approach. The problem-solving WebQuest model will be used in the design process. Participants will learn to locate useful information on the Internet and incorporate this information into dynamic learning experiences.




To effectively integrate web-based learning into the K-12 curriculum in order to enhance the learning environment and encourage collaboration and higher order thinking



         Explore the concept of project-based learning.

         Gain a basic understanding of web-based lessons, specifically WebQuests

         Explore the basic attributes of a WebQuest including: task, resources, process, and evaluation.

         Research and evaluate a variety of WebQuests

         Discuss the value of web-based lessons with other classroom teachers.

         Identify specific WebQuests appropriate for use in their classrooms.

         Use a template to design and develop a WebQuest that engages students in an inquiry-based lesson, encouraging collaboration and higher order thinking.

         Discuss and explore the value of using the web to engage students in their content.


Course Materials:

Virginia SOL Manual



Course Requirements:

Students will be expected to:



Successful completion of this course includes

Participation in course discussion

Completion of the WebQuest activity

Attendance in class sessions


University of Virginia Honor Code:

All work should be pledged in the spirit of the Honor System of the University of

Virginia. The instructor will indicate which assignments and activities are to be done individually and which permit collaboration. Students signed the pledge when filing their course materials. Students can refer to the University Graduate Record (pages 36 & 37) for more information concerning the Honor Code.


Special Needs: If you are a student with special needs you should let the instructor and the Staff Development Office know as soon as possible prior to the beginning of class.



This course carries the grades of Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U). To receive a satisfactory grade, students must earn a minimum of 85 points

Attendance and participation (30 points)

WebQuest (40 points)

Instructional Relevance/organization and design (30 points)


Web Resources Used in this Class

The Official WebQuest Site at San Diego State University

Using the Internet to Promote Inquiry-Based Learning

Creating Essential Questions

Disney: Inquiry-Based Learning

Step Zero: What to do before Searching

Four NETS for Better Searching

Kathy Schrock Slideshow (17 slides)

Process Guides to build WebQuests

WebQuest Resources a Guided Tour

Step-by-Step Guide

WebQuest Resources



Course Sequence:


Module 1

Web-Based Learning

The WebQuest Model

Basic Web Page Design


Module 2

Searching: Becoming a Better Searcher

Exploring Web Resources

Finding Appropriate Materials on the Web

Evaluating WebQuests


Module 3

WebQuest Templates

Beginning Your WebQuest

Defining your problem

WebQuest Taxonomy


Module 4


Cooperative Learning Techniques

Principles of good web page design

Copyright Concerns

Creating your WebQuest


Final Course Assignment

Participants in this course will create a WebQuest for use in their classroom with the content they are tasked to teach.


Resource Web Site for the course





Source: Syllabus based on a course syllabus created by Suzanne Bazak and offered in December 2002 for the University of Virginia.