The Process block in a WebQuest is where the teacher suggests steps learners should go through in completing the task. It may include strategies for dividing the task into subtasks, descriptions of roles to be played or perspectives to be taken by each learner. The instructor can also use this place to provide learning advice and interpersonal process advice, such as how to conduct a brainstorming session.
The Process description should be relatively short and clear. For example, Week 1 of Cheryl Rondestvedt's Ocean Pollution/Solution unit involves students doing a lot of activities, but the steps are clearly specified.
Older versions of Webquest had a separate Resources portion which listed web pages and other materials. This Resource portion has now been teamed up with the Process portion to intertwine the resources into the actual steps the learner will need to accomplish the task. These resources are pre-selected for the learner so attention can be focused on the topic. These resources are not restricted to only those found on the web. For example, a wide range of resources, such as videoconferencing, audio conferencing, textbooks, audiotapes, laser diskettes and face to face interaction with others could be used as additional resources.
Very often, it makes sense to divide the list of resources so that some are examined by everyone in the class, while others are read by subsets of learners who are playing a specific role or taking a particular perspective. By giving separate data sources to learners, you ensure the interdependence of the group and give the learners an incentive to teach each other what they've learned.
Notice how the process is clearly spelled out in the following WebQuests:
- An Insect's Perspective A Science and Literacy WebQuest for Grade 2 Designed by Ginger Tyson
- Tuskegee Tragedy A WebQuest Exploring The Powerful and their Victims, a high school WebQuest written my Tom March
Last updated on April 22, 1997 by Bernie Dodge
Building Blocks | Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Teacher's Page
Modified by Bill Byles and Susan Brooks on October, 22,
with permission from Dr. Dodge.