How did WebQuests start, and how have they developed since they became popular?
Dr. Bernie Dodge, professor of educational technology at San Diego State University, developed and named the concept while teaching a class for preservice teachers in the spring of 1995. He wanted to give his student teachers a format for online lessons that would make the best use of student time while fostering higher-level thinking skills.
Soon after, Tom March, working at San Diego State as a fellow funded by Pacific Bell, developed the first fully developed WebQuest as part of PacBell's Knowledge Network
Dr. Dodge wrote a paper on the topic, "Some Thoughts About WebQuests," which can be accessed via our Resources page.
The paper was widely read, and many teachers started to adopt the technique. On our Resources page you will also find Dr. Dodge's WebQuest Page, which he created as a resource for other teachers to use.
Soon, staff developers at schools and teacher educators at universities were using the WebQuest Page as a source of training materials and ideas for their own courses. As the WebQuest Page grew, it developed links to WebQuests created all over the English-speaking world.