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Designing and Creating a WebQuest (3-12)

Would you like to learn how to develop a content-based WebQuest? A WebQuest is an excellent way to integrate content curriculum with technology and the Internet. This online course will focus on how to develop a WebQuest based on any content area. Teachers review and consider content standards, and then develop the WebQuest based on a theme or topic that addresses the standards. Teachers will also learn how to program a WebQuest online. Internet search strategies will be emphasized in order to find WebQuest resources efficiently. Every step necessary to create a WebQuest will be explored in detail throughout the course including setting goals and creating tasks, as well as how to efficiently find all the resources students will need to complete the WebQuest. Teachers will also learn how to develop a rubric to assess students' completion of the WebQuest. Finally, teachers will learn how to share the strategies they learned with students, allowing them to create WebQuests on their own. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"Absolutely awesome! This is definitely something I plan to use immediately in my classroom. I had a fun time planning my WebQuest and I am sure my students will find it quite interesting." - Annie Faris


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $112 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $284


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Web Literacy for Educators” by Alan November

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 75T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41477

Unit One

  • What is a WebQuest?
  • Why create a WebQuest?
  • Explore WebQuests
  • Research on the Internet for Resources
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Internet Safety
  • Using Bookmarks
  • Copyrights and Works Cited
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Setting Goals for the WebQuest
  • Setting Tasks for the WebQuest
  • Four Filters
  • WebQuest Ideas
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Creating a WebQuest
  • Effective Formatting
  • Creating a Rubric
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Create Your WebQuest
  • WebQuest Programming
  • Teaching Students the Process
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • WebQuest Management
  • Student WebQuests
  • Helpful Resources
  • Assignment #4: Design and program a WebQuest
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)