First National Congress
6-7 December 2004, Cebu City, Philippines


Teaching with The Web: Online Treasure Hunts and WebQuests
by Patricia B. Arinto
Faculty of Education, UP Open University

Online treasure hunts and WebQuests are inquiry-based activities that make use of the many learning resources that are available on the World Wide Web. The online treasure hunt aims to develop knowledge of a given topic by having students answer a set of questions after reading several teacher-selected Web resources. The WebQuest goes beyond content mastery to the development of the higher order thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation) by having learners work on a task that revolves around an open-ended question that calls for the application and elaboration of lessons learned and information collected from various learning resources, including the Web. Learners also usually work in groups, with each member taking on a specific role. The final output of the group is a knowledge product, such as a term paper, multimedia presentation or website, which is evaluated using a rubric or scoring guide.

In this session, examples of these two Web-based strategies that were designed for and implemented in Philippine classrooms will be shown. The learning principles that underpin well-designed online treasure hunts and WebQuest, such as cooperative and collaborative learning, authentic learning, and the development of higher order thinking skills, are pesented. Important considerations in the design and implementation of these Web-based activities in the Philippine context are likewise discussed.

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