According to WebQuest.org, a WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. These can be created using various programs, including a simple word processing document that includes links to websites.
Among many Web-based applications in education, WebQuests have become popular learning tool. The WebQuest approach as one of the e-learning method uses internet resources as an essential and integral, component of the learning method. It engages students in information processing and collaboration.
WebQuest is an educational strategy designed by Bernie Dodge in 1995 that has been widely used to teach any subjects and at all levels. Dodge first defined a WebQuest in his seminal article as “an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the Internet” (1995:1).
To summarize, we could say that a WebQuest is a constructivist learning activity that uses resources from the Web and presents an authentic task in context which implies transformation of the information, and encourages students’ participation in an autonomous and collaborative way, in groups where normally each student plays a different role incorporating the advantages of cooperative learning.