|Course Title||IT in Education e-Learning Series: Effective Design and Use of WebQuest to Facilitate the Learning and Teaching of NSS Liberal Studies in Secondary Schools|
|Organising Division||Education Infrastructure Division|
|First Issue Date and Time||2012/02/03 16:37|
|Latest Issue Date and Time||2012/05/11 09:04|
|Participant Group||All Secondary School Liberal Studies (LS) Teachers|
WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented learning approach in which some or all of the information that learners interact with is drawn from, but not limited to, the Internet. If properly designed, WebQuest can not only be a useful tool to facilitate the learning and teaching of Liberal Studies in Secondary Schools, but also to develop students’ information processing skills.
This course aims to introduce the design and use of WebQuest to facilitate the learning and teaching of LS in Secondary Schools, and to develop students’ information processing skills required in the 21st century. At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
● master the conceptual underpinnings of the WebQuest approach, including inquiry-oriented learning, situated cognition, scaffolding, development of higher order thinking skills and information processing skills;
● identify appropriate topic(s) in the six modules of LS for learning and teaching with a web-based inquiry approach;
● design WebQuest of high quality for use by students to investigate the chosen topic(s), with effective Input, Transformation and Output Scaffolds to help students develop their information processing skills;
● keep track on student’s progress and assess their continuous performance when using WebQuest;
● design Rubrics for assessing students’ work and for students’ self-evaluation; and
● identify the support and resources available to schools when they encounter difficulties related to the design and implementation of WebQuest.
Master the conceptual underpinnings of the WebQuest approach, including inquiry-oriented learning, situated cognition, scaffolding, development of higher order thinking skills and information processing skills, etc
1. Introduction to WebQuest:
- Brief Introduction to “What is a WebQuest?”
- Identification of the areas of LS most appropriate for adopting WebQuest for learning and teaching
- Demonstration of a spectrum of WebQuest - assisted learning with special reference to 6 Modules of LS curriculum
2. Theoretical Consideration of using WebQuest in the learning and teaching of LS:
- Rationales and principles governing the use of WebQuest in the learning and teaching of LS
- Basic elements for constituting a WebQuest
3. WebQuest Application – from Theory to Practice
- Demonstration of an authentic lesson showing how a WebQuest is effectively adopted to enhance learning and teaching of LS
Design WebQuest of high quality with the help of free online tools and resources for use by students to investigate the chosen topic(s)
1. WebQuest Design – (Part I: Theoretical Consideration)
- Participants will try a “WebQuest on WebQuest” to discover what a WebQuest is in first person experience (Constructivist Approach)
- Explain how constructivist approach is deployed through a WebQuest
- Selected examples of WebQuest will demonstrate how different learning skills and higher order thinking can be developed with this approach
2. WebQuest Design – (Part II: Hands on Experience)
- Introduction to online WebQuest creation tools such as WebQuest Maker and Zunal WebQuest Maker
- Introduction to the use of Web 2.0 tools such as blogs and cloud-based documents, in supporting collaborative, co-construction of knowledge with WebQuest
3. WebQuest Design – (Part III: Designing rubrics for assessing students’ work)
- Design Rubrics for assessing students' work and for students’ self-evaluation
- Explain how assessment target can be transformed in suitable rubrics
4. Developing WebQuest on self-chosen topics
- Prepare a WebQuest Proposal: To decide the content of "Introduction", "Task", "Process" in this WebQuest assignment
Student WebQuest Assignment Preparation and Introduction to the support and resources available to schools when they encounter any difficulties related to the design and implementation of WebQuest
1. Sharing of WebQuest Proposal – Preparation of Assignment
- By uploading the finished portion of their WebQuest on the moodle system, participants can experience how to implement WebQuest activities with the help of a Content Management Platform
- Using common LS co-operative learning and teaching strategies (such as Think-Pair-Share and Jigsaw Learning) for evaluating different WebQuest assignment proposals from students
- Peer Assessment and Group Presentation
2. Resources and References available for WebQuest
- Introduction to a spectrum of resources available to schools when teachers encounter any difficulties related to the design and implementation of WebQuest
3. Wrap up Session
|Language Medium||Cantonese Supplemented with English|
|CPD Elements for Teacher||
|Content Area||Information Technology in Education (V) (NSS)|
|Attendance required for successful completion||100 % Training & development data will be revealed in Teacher's Personal Profile in e-Services Portal upon successful completion.|
1. Heads of schools are requested to submit the online application to the Information Technology in Education Section on or before the closing date of nomination . Nominations will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis whereas considerations will also be given to allow more schools to participate. Prior application is required and walk-ins will not be entertained .
2. Please note that the said training course is funded by public money and events will be conducted as scheduled when the enrolment reaches 15 per event. To ensure proper use and no wastage of public money, teachers accepted should attend the course on time. If he/she is unable to attend the course before its commencement, head of the school should arrange another teacher to substitute in order to prevent wastage of public money. The substitute teacher should attend the course with the Substitution Note shown in Appendix I. Head of school is required to fill in a Notice of Absence shown in Appendix II for every absentee to provide the reason(s) for absence and failing to make substitution on time. Completed Substitution Notes and Notices of Absence should be faxed to the 'Institute of Professional Education and Knowledge of the Vocational Training Council' (2891 5707) for necessary action.
3. Accepted or rejected applicants and the respective school heads will be notified through the e-Service Portal Account at least 7 days before respective event commencement. Successful applicants attending the course should bring along their notification letters for the course and are advised to use public transport. No parking spaces are available at the venue.
4. In the event of adverse weather conditions (e.g. tropical cyclone or rainstorm), concerned training sessions (A.M. or P.M.) scheduled, as per class arrangements of the Vocational Training Council, will be cancelled pending further notice from the training institute on the make-up arrangement. Details of class arrangements during tropical cyclone/rainstorm are available at the following website: http://iclassroom.hkedcity.net/teacher/rtc1112-wqls
6. Being late or early leave for more than 30 minutes without prior consent will not be counted as achieving 100% attendance.
7. Details of IT in Education Professional Development Programmes for teachers can be accessed at the IT in Education Section's website: http://www.edb.gov.hk/index.aspx?nodeid=2287&langno=1.
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