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Designing and Creating a WebQuest (3-12)/Flex Course


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 focuses on how to develop a WebQuest based on any content area. Teachers begin with content standards and then develop the WebQuest based on a theme or topic that addresses the standards. Effective Internet search strategies will be emphasized in order to efficiently find appropriate WebQuest resources. 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 $120 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $304


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
  • The Student 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)