Zunal.com (Online Webquest Maker)

by: Nicole Dobyns Instructional Development Services, Graduate Assistant

ZUNAL Online WebQuest Maker

What is a WebQuest?
A WebQuest is something that can be used for many different types of learning experiences. A WebQuest also gives the students the initiative to learn on their own, and it takes collaboration to learn when using a WebQuest. ZUNAL is a website that aids in creation of WebQuests, and it allows the students to discover information on their own.

To start, we need to define a WebQuest. What is it? According to Zunal.com, “Professor Bernie Dodge of San Diego State University defines a WebQuest as an inquiry-oriented activity that uses resources on the World Wide Web. WebQuests pull together the most effective instructional practices into one integrated student activity. These Web-based projects use World Wide Web sites to help students develop problem-solving and decision-making skills. WebQuests are interesting and motivating to teachers and students. An effective WebQuest develops critical thinking skills and often includes a cooperative learning component. Students learn as they search for information using the Web, following a prescribed format that focuses on problem solving and authentic assessment. A well-written WebQuest requires students to go beyond simple fact finding. It asks them to analyze a variety of resources and use their creativity and critical-thinking skills to solve a problem. WebQuests help students analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information. There are two kinds of WebQuests, short term and long term.”

Types of accounts
With ZUNAL there is a Basic account and a Professional account for individual use. With the Basic account you are only allowed 1 WebQuest, the user cannot edit existing WebQuests, there are ads, only have access to a limited amount of modules, and do not have access to ZUNAL Sites. However, if you decide to get a professional account one has access to create 50 WebQuests,  the user can edit existing WebQuests, no ads, more modules to use with the WebQuest, and there is access to  ZUNAL sites. There is also the option to buy a membership for a group. This membership gives Professional access to all those members of the group. This is a good option for professors teaching about WebQuests. However, the free Basic account still gives everyone a viable option to have access to the basics when it comes to learning about WebQuests.

The cost for a pro account is $20 for 3 years. You read that correct! It is only $20 for 3 years, that is quite a steal if you are looking to use WebQuests on a regular basis in the classroom.

As for the group plans, there are two different options for pricing. Option 1 is for 30 users and costs $99 for one year, and each user account has the amenities of a pro account. Option 2 costs $199 for 100 users, and has all of the amenities of option 1.

User Interface
The user interface of ZUNAL is pretty straightforward for anyone that is new to the website. If you want to upload an image, there is a button to click that says add image. If you want to add a Google ™ or YouTube ™ video, there are buttons for those as well. Really, the hardest decision when it comes to ZUNAL is deciding on the content for the WebQuest and what resources you really want to use for the WebQuest.

For more information visit http://zunal.com

Tech Tip- Entering Resources into Your WebQuest

by Melissa Gatza,  Instructional Development Services, Lab Assistant

Zunal offers multiple options which allow you to include an unlimited number of resources with your WebQuest. From attaching a file or a URL to adding a video link from a popular video website, you can enhance your WebQuest with varying types of documents and media. This is found in the ‘Resources’ section of your WebQuest creation area.

Add a File

Adding a file allows you to attach files from programs from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to name a few.

  • Simply select the ‘Add/Attach a file’ box
  • Then, select ‘Browse’ and select the file from your computer that you would like included in the WebQuest
  • Then, add a description for the file to allow you to easily find it in the list of resources.
  • Select Save Now to save your resource. The following screen will pop up:

Add a Website URL

You can also add a website URL so you, and viewers of your WebQuest, have immediate access to the online resource of your choosing.

  • Select the ‘Add Website URL’ box
  • Insert the URL of the website into the first text box.
  • Then, Enter a title for the web address
  • If wanted, you can enter a description for the site.
  • Select Save Now to save your resource.

Add Video (YouTube; TeacherTube, Google)

You can easily add a video from YouTube, TeacherTube, or Google Video to your WebQuest.

Once you obtain the URL for the video you wish you insert into your WebQuest:

  • Select the button of the type of video you would like to add. (YouTube, TeacherTube, or Google Video)
  • Paste the web address into the text box.
  • Next, insert a description of the video.
  • When you have completed the steps, select Save Now, and your resource will be added to the WebQuest.

When your resources have been added, they will appear on the WebQuest, to change the order in which they are displayed, select the Update Resource button. Here is how they will appear once they have been saved:

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