WebQuests for Writing: Wrangling the Wealth of the Web was focused on ESL Students from Kendall Campus who are in the English for Academic Purposes program. These students are studying English to be able to continue their education after reaching proficiency
The purpose of this project was to create WebQuests that would boost our students’ writing skills. The five WebQuests that we proposed provided a structured framework which supported learners’ thinking at the level of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Each WebQuest guided students through the process of composition culminating in the writing of a particular type of essay.
We each wrote two of the WebQuests and collaborated on the fifth one. Every WebQuest was unique and addressed varied learning styles. We kept the WebQuests visually consistent and tied them together by creating a homepage where all of the WebQuests could be accessed.
WebQuests provided a structured environment for research and gave immediate access to lessons designed to assist students with their writing projects. WebQuests improved student performance by encouraging critical thinking skills. They were especially valuable because they were designed to make maximum use of study time – a key concern for our students. As an added bonus, their experience working on the web promoted computer competency.
During Phase II of WebQuests for Writing, we piloted and revised the five WebQuests. Faculty and students who took part in the piloting of our project were asked to complete surveys, which we created online using Flashlight. These surveys addressed areas in need of revision or improvement. Please see the attached surveys. We also asked Judith Garcia, Department Chair; Chris Delvesco, CTD; and Rhonda Berger, CTD for their assessment of our project.
We published the WebQuests for general use in the college. These can be viewed at either of our faculty web pages: www.faculty.mdc.edu/psanchez; www.faculty.mdc.edu/hroland .