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.
Virginia SOL Manual
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)
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
The WebQuest Model
Basic Web Page Design
Searching: Becoming a Better Searcher
Exploring Web Resources
Finding Appropriate Materials on the Web
Beginning Your WebQuest
Defining your problem
Cooperative Learning Techniques
Principles of good web page design
Creating your WebQuest
Participants in this course will create a WebQuest for use in their classroom with the content they are tasked to teach.
Source: Syllabus based on a course syllabus created by Suzanne Bazak and offered in December 2002 for the University of Virginia.