WebQuest Rubric

Instructor: Esther Bouchillon

Esther has taught middle school and has a master's degree in gifted education.

In this lesson we will uncover why a rubric is an excellent tool to use when grading WebQuests. We will look at criteria to include on a WebQuest rubric. This lesson also provides a sample WebQuest rubric.

What Is a WebQuest Rubric?

A WebQuest is an assignment that students complete by relying on information available online. Students have a set of instructions for their task as well as access to particular online documents, databases of information, or interactive websites. They may have to do some research of their own, as well. This type of assignment requires critical thinking skills, including analysis and synthesis of information. At the end of the assignment, students may have to create a map, diagram, illustration, timeline, essay, etc.

WebQuests are usually used as an activity to introduce students to new material or help reinforce new information. It is unusual to use a WebQuest as a summative assessment for a lesson or unit when students should fully understand the material. Grading each question on a rubric for accuracy when students are just learning the material can seem unfair to students.

A solution to these issues is to grade a WebQuest using a rubric. Using a WebQuest rubric allows the teacher to grade the students on more than just accuracy and give a grade that reflects the student's overall experience on the assignment.

Making a Rubric

You can either make a rubric very specific to the assignment or general so that it can be used on future WebQuest assignments as well.

An important step when making a rubric is to decide what you want to grade students on. Criteria that are usually included in WebQuest rubrics are accuracy of answers and completeness of assignment, but there are many other areas you could include. Attitude during assignment, using class time efficiently, working well with a partner, depth of research, grammar, and citing sources are all aspects that you may want to include in your WebQuest rubric.

Some WebQuest assignments may lead the students to create a specific product as a result of their research. The WebQuest rubric could also include criteria related to the specific project. For example, if students are to create a cartoon based on what they learned, the rubric could say 'cartoon is creative, insightful, and shows knowledge learned from WebQuest.'

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