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- A webdilemma in social education: using the internet to build intellectual quality
Parkes, Robert J. L.
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Education & Arts, School of Education
- In this article, the WebDilemma, an alternative digital learning object to the WebQuest, will be explored. The WebDilemma draws on the same pedagogical theory that underpins the WebQuest concept, but provides an alternative to the WebQuest that would typically be used in place of a WebQuest when time is tight, or a teacher wished students to come out of their inquiry with an informed opinion on the topic under scrutiny. Like a well-designed WebQuest, the WebDilemma aims to have students transform the information they locate, using an inquiry learning format that has a long history in social education. In this regard, WebDilemmas are not about offering some radically different approach to teaching in the social sciences, but do take well respected educational theories and apply them to the problem of using the internet to promote intellectual quality in the classroom. Consequently, it should be underscored that WebDilemmas are not offered as a replacement for WebQuests, but as their complement. The WebDilemma concept preserves many of the benefits of the WebQuest concept, while offering the possibility of less technically demanding and more rapid development of web learning objects, making the construction of inquiry learning resources that utilise the internet more accessible for less technologically able and/or very busy teachers, as discussed in a recent paper that documents a teacher's experience using the WebDilemma concept with his class.
- The Social Educator Vol. 25, Issue 1, p. 7-11
- Social Educators Association of Australia
digital learning object;
- Resource Type
- journal article