In education, a WebQuest is a research activity in which students read, analyze, and synthesize information using the World Wide Web. Webquests were invented by Bernie Dodge and Tom March at San Diego State University in 1995.
According to the original paper by Dodge [1], a WebQuest is "an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the internet, optionally supplemented with videoconferencing."
The WebQuest is valued as a highly constructivist teaching method, during which students actively build their own understanding of a topic. "Authentic," or real-world questions or problems are often researched, and students work cooperatively to find solutions. Instructors can target the rigor of the activity to challenge students by varying the level of abstraction of questions as defined by Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Relevance of instructional material is addressed by using Internet based news resources to infuse current events into the lesson.
Usually, the quest is divided in the following sections:
  • Introduction
  • Task
  • Process
  • Evaluation
  • Conclusion
  • Teacher Page
Students typically complete WebQuests in cooperative groups. Each student in each group then has a "role," or specific area to research. WebQuests often take the form of role-playing scenarios, where students take on the personas of professional researchers or historical figures.

PMI on Webquests:
Plus: Individual or collaborative education is a focus; using problem based learning or contextual learning
Minus: requires access to computers for multiple lessons
Interesting: a variety of learning techniques catering for various learning styles

General Links on Constructing your own:
Instant Projects - very easy to use - free -
Webquest Building Blocks -
Webquests Templates -

Commercial Sites: Template program for designing webquests - $20 (US) online

Selecting a Webquest -
270 Science Webquests -
Science Webquests -
Not really science - it is social science - but it is a great example for a year 12 class -

Middle School Webquests
Research Biomes -

Greenhouse Worksheet

Space Webquests:
Space Colony Webquest
Space Doctor Game (

NASA - International Space Station Plant Research Webquest

Environmental Mysteries (addition by James Nixon)