First invented by Bernie Dodge, a webquest is a web based research task where students collect information from a series of links organised by the webquest author. They originally were designed for group work, to foster co operation, but can also be completed by individuals.
The task should involve both analyzing and synthesizing the information found. That is, using the information to create a new product for a specific purpose. For example, locating and selecting information from sites containing information on the Australian goldrush, to write a journal outlining the experiences of a miner. A webquest may also request students to locate information to support or denounce a particular statement, solve a mystery or answer a question.
Webquests differ from simply 'information gathering'where students may answer direct questions using information from a specific website or page. This type of activity is called a 'clickable worksheet'.
For links that detail more on the benefits of webquests to students learning and their design, see the list below.
Best Webquests ( International)
Web n Flow
All webquests and tasks have been compiled from Australian websites including the NSW Country Area Program site, EdNA, PTC,Midcoast site etc. If you know a good webquest that is not listed, please Suggest a webquest
Use the drop down menu above to access web quests and online research tasks specifically by stage.
If you find any of the webquests have broken links, please report them.
S. McGuinness Page updated 9/1/11