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Confronting Challenges in Online Teaching: The WebQuest Solution

When faced with the need to prepare students to be successful in using technology in an online class environment, faculty from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center's College of Nursing faced multiple challenges. Among these challenges was not only a severely restricted timeframe to complete the task, but also to design a course that would meet the needs of a diverse student population who had a wide range of experiential and technical knowledge. Determined to stimulate interest of students who were more at ease in using technology while not overwhelming those with very limited technological skills, faculty turned to WebQuests. WebQuests, which use an authentic scenario to engage students in active learning, not only met best practice standards for online teaching, but also provided a way to integrate several learning outcomes within a single assignment. The decision to use WebQuests proved to be beneficial for both students and faculty. Lessons learned in incorporating WebQuests can be used to equip interested faculty in all disciplines to adapt WebQuests to address similar challenges that are faced in other institutions.


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