a webquest approach to engaging staff in digital learning

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  • 1. Matt Chilcott
    Moodle Users Group Wales
    November 2010

2. 3. EXPERIENCE OVER TIME
Success in ensuring early engagement with research community but less so with academic / teaching staff.
Barriers to academic staff engaging:
preference for traditional face to face learning approaches /- digital literacy / digital learning approaches use of directed independent study / time pressures for authorship of a digital curriculum / lack of familiarity with the digital context of subject areas/ Union perspective.
4. CURRENT SOLUTIONS BEING TESTED
1. Web Quest approaches for staff development
Before undertaking staff development in the mechanics of digital learning the IDL team are engaging staff in a provisional creative phase to enable a stronger understanding of the evolving digital context of their subject areas.
This involves staff taking time to review the web through the lenses of their subject and identify engaging resources they can utilise case studies, curriculum, games, perspectives.
5. CURRENT SOLUTIONS BEING TESTED
2. Promotion of the use of Moodle as a Learning Dashboard
Learning is not restricted to take place within the confines of the Course Management System instead Moodle is used as the home for learning activities utilising a wide range of external online content that has engaged the tutor.
6. APPROACH INFLUENCES
Futurelabs InfoCow web portal A social networking portal for young people to find useful online resources regarding their entitlements.
Constructivist online learning approaches put forward by Bernie Dodge & Tom Marsh
RSC Wales NetVibes Learning Dashboard
7. THE WEBQUEST FORMULA
"A WebQuest," is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than on looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Source: Bernie Dodge & Tom Marsh (2010) Education World: Technology Centre, San Diego State University
8. THE WEBQUEST FORMULA
The WebQuest instructional strategy is often praised as an inquiry-oriented activity, which effectively integrates technology into teaching and learning.
Source: Jason Abbitt, (2008) Miami University &John Ophus,
University of Northern Iowa
9. PROVISIONAL IMPACT OF APPROACHES
Staff see engagement in digital learning in the context of their scholarly activity more fully (also within the comfort zone of a constructivist pedagogic approach).
They are more comfortable with the digital context of their subjects and using web quest templates to enable more collaborative and reflective directed study online following a recommended formula.
There is an increasing move away from writing curriculum content to more interactive directed study using external web based content.
10. PROVISIONAL IMPACT OF APPROACHES
Staff are using the WebQuest approach to increase students level of critical thinking and media literacy.
Staff are more motivated and comfortable in engaging with the mechanics of Moodle as they are seeking to deploy Web Quests as a learning strategy for their students.
Has not convinced everyone.
Accessibility.
11. WEB RESOURCES:
Futurelabs InfoCow
http://www.infocow.org.uk

Dodge, B. (2009) Web Quest Design
http://webquest.sdsu.edu/designpatterns/all.
htm
Schrocks, K. (2010) Guide for Educators:
WebQuestsin Our Future
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrock
guide/webquest/webquest.html
Dorman, J. (2010) Grazing for Digital Natives
WebQuest Resources and Templates
http://jdorman.wikispaces.com/Webquests
RSC Wales Portal to JISC Services
http://www.netvibes.com/rscwales#JISC_Services_portal
ACADEMIC REFERENCES:
Abbit, J., & Ophus, J. (2008). What we know about the Impacts of Web-Quests: A review of research. AACE Journal, 16(4),441-456.
Marsh, T (2004) The Learning Power of Webquests: Educational Leadership, Volume 61. No.4
Roberts, L. (2006). The WebQuest Creation Process: A Case Study of Preservice Teachers Working Individualistically or Collaboratively. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2006 (pp. 1760-1767). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
O'Bannon, B. (2000). Using WebQuests to Construct Learning. In D. Willis et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2000 (pp. 2223-2226). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
Lahaie, U. (2007) WebQuests: A New Instructional Strategy for Nursing EducationCIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: May/June 2007 - Volume 25 - Issue 3 - pp 148-156

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