Transforming Instructional Technology 101 into a WebQuest!
D. G. Wood, Northeastern State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-33-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This paper is to demonstrate how this professor converted a traditional, directed/constructivist course into an on-line, hands-on, team-oriented, student-centered, product-developed course designed for pre-service teachers. Three years ago, the course curriculum was initiated from a teacher-centered perspective. As technology evolved, the course evolved. Changes took place, which included moving from a hard copy portfolio to an electronic portfolio, and online submission of projects. But the outcomes of the course, although electronic, were teacher-initiated. After the instructor investigated the concept of WebQuests, an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web, the course evolved into this constructivist method of instruction. Comparisons in the two course structures are analyzed and the results are presented.
Wood, D.G. (1999). Transforming Instructional Technology 101 into a WebQuest!. In J. Price, J. Willis, D. Willis, M. Jost & S. Boger-Mehall (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 1999--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 420-424). Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).