I had never heard of Web-quest until I took a course on “course implementation.” I was fascinated by the possibility of my students actually researching something on their own and coming back with their findings. If you haven’t heard of Web-quests then let me tell you about them. First, you come up with a topic for your students to study, such as Pharmacology. I know you’re probably saying “hang on Tim, that’s a very broad topic”. You are right. It is and that’s why you have to define the parameters of their search. You need to do a couple of things first; you have to have an introduction, a task, a process, an evaluation, and then a conclusion.
Your introduction will tell the students what they will be studying, So for me, I will be letting the students know there is a lot controversy about giving a fluid bolus to a patient who has lost a lot of blood, The next thing I do is let them know how to complete the task. For example, is it going to be a research paper or maybe a debate arguing the pros and cons of both sides? Then maybe I might have them do a demonstration (no wait, that might be too messy)! Once I advise them on the task, I have to give them the process. For this task, I’ll have them debate the pros and cons of giving a fluid bolus to a patient and each side will come up with five points for the pros and cons of giving a patient a fluid bolus. The students will have a specific amount of time to complete the task. Once they complete the process, we have to evaluate the students. This can be in the form of a rubric or a checklist. Finally the students are given the conclusion which they learned from the key points from this Web-quest.