by Whitney | 4:06 am

The federal government supplies educational grants to States for various academic needs. States allocate these academic funds to counties who have requested and shown a need for financial assistance. A Building Administrator, Media Specialist and Computer Business Educator are contacted about a Project to incorporate WebQuest into the curriculum.

Who Is Important?                   

Members of County School Board’s were approached about the Project to incorporate WebQuest into the educational curriculum and many indicated an interest in the Project. However, before going forward with the Project to incorporate WebQuest into the curriculum, town hall meetings were posted. Members of communities were invited to attend.

How Is It Done?

Full public exposure of the proposed Project is necessary. The Project is discussed at community meetings and letters are sent out explaining the proposed changes to the school curriculum. Data is collected about the approval or rejection of the Project. Approval of the Project will result in further research by Instructional Designers and Subject Area Teachers.

What Now?

Not all counties will choose to adopt the Project to incorporate WebQuest into the local school curriculum. Those counties that do elect to participate in the Project will receive a Project Analysis justifying the usage of federal funds. The following is a sample Project Analysis:

Project Analysis:

Information Sources

1) Who is the subject matter expert?

  • Instructional designer
  • Subject area teachers

2) Who else can be contacted for information for this project?

  • Building administrator
  • Media specialist
  • Computer business educator

3) List the data sources and reference materials that can be used in the analysis, design, and development phases.

·The WebQuest Page:

·Building Blocks of a WebQuest:

·A Matrix of Examples:

·Some Thoughts about WebQuests :

·A Rubric for Evaluating WebQuests :


Organizational Review

1) What is the purpose of the organization?

  • The purpose is to educate adults and adolescents.

2) What service does the organization provide?

  • The organization provides an education for adults and adolescents.

4) How large is the organization?

  • Approximately twenty administrative staff.
  • Approximately one hundred and twenty teachers.
  • Approximately thirteen hundred students.

5) Description of organizational structure.

  • County School Board
  • Administration of High School
  • Educators                     
  • Students
  • Ancillary personnel


1) What is the purpose of this application?

  • In-service training for educators

2) Describe the purpose of the application.

  • The purpose of this application is to train educators how to write a WebQuest introduction.

3) Describe the environment in which the application is used.

  • Computer-mediated learning environment.

Needs Analysis

1) Why is training needed?

  • To facilitate computer-mediated learning environments.
  • To satisfy countywide teacher in-service training requirements.
  • To use revenue provided for computer- mediated learning environments.

2) Who is requesting the training?

  • The county school board
  • The high school administration
  • Educators

3) What is the purpose of the training?

  • To facilitate computer-mediated learning environments.
  • To satisfy countywide teacher in-service training requirements.
  • To use revenue provided for computer- mediated learning environments.

4) Who will benefit from the training?

  • Educators
  • Students
  • Parents

5) How critical is the training need?

  • It is needed as soon as possible or revenue will be lost.

6) What will happen if the training is not done?

  • Countywide teacher in-service training requirements will not be attained.
  • Computer-mediated learning environment will not be facilitated.
  • Revenue will be lost for the implementation of computer- mediated learning environments.

7) What part of this training need can be met by existing programs?

  • Entry-level computer skills.

8) What barriers might there be in attempting to assess training needs?

  • Communication between all involved parties.

9) How was the information for this analysis obtained?

  • Director of In-service Training           
  • Director of Grant disbursements
  • County School Board
  • High School Administration

Audience Analysis

1) Who is the primary target audience for this training?

  • Educators K-12

2) Is there a secondary audience? 

  • Yes, students K-12

3) What is the current knowledge level/skill of target audience?

  • The learner is successful in their professional endeavors and well educated.
  • The learner is computer knowledgeable and most have computers in their homes.

4) Does the training require perquisite knowledge or skills?

  • Perquisite computer skill entry level.

5) What new skills need to be learned?

  • Written communication in the form of an introduction.

6) What attitudes/values/beliefs must complement these new skills?

  • All attitudes/values/beliefs are neutral in this case.

7) How many students will be trained?

  • There will be one hundred twenty educators.

8) What are their typical jobs/positions?

  • All are educators/teachers/instructors.

9) Describe work environment (Offices, Time Clocks, PC’s, etc.)

  • Classrooms, Computer Labs, Science Labs, and Workshops

10) What is the experience level of the target audience? (New hires, experienced, years in job)

  • The learner is successful in their professional endeavors and well educated.
  • The learner is computer knowledgeable and most have computers in their homes.

11) How are they selected for training?

  • One to One Questionnaire   
  • Voluntary
  • Requirement for in-service credit

12) What criteria were used?

  • Employment         
  • Computer experience

13) What are the entry-level skills and abilities of the target audience?

  • The learner is computer knowledgeable and most have computers in their homes.

14) What is the educational background of the audience?

  • The learner is successful in their professional endeavors and well educated.

15) What is the best description of their abilities? (Reading level, comfort level with facts, figures, and technology, etc.)

  • Adults are problem-centered, or life-centered, in their learning orientation.
  • Adult learners are motivated to learn to the extent that learning will help them perform tasks or deal with real-life problems.
  • The best motivators are internal, such as self-esteem, quality of life, or increased job satisfaction.
  • Once adults have arrived at the stage where they take responsibility for their own lives, they develop a deep psychological need to be seen and treated by others as being capable of self-direction.
  • The learner is successful in their professional endeavors and well educated.
  • Educators are competent readers, comfortable with facts and figures and experienced with many types of technology.

16) Do the trainees come from similar backgrounds and have similar skills?

  • All are educators with diverse backgrounds and similar technology skills.

17) How accessible are learners as far at time and location?

  • All are available with prior scheduling.
  • Location is available with prior scheduling.

18) What are their previous experiences with training?

  • The county requires one hundred and twenty-five in-service hours to maintain professional certification.
  • All trainees understand the necessity of in-service training.

19) What experience does the audience have with technology-based education?

  • Moderate experience and most are computer literate.

20) What are the general attitudes towards this training?

  • Attitudes are good and most trainees understand the necessity to advance computer-mediated environments in their classrooms.

Delivery Environment

1) What computer platforms must the application support?

  • This site is accessible via Internet Explorer or Google. Viewers may access the site using modem connection; there is no requirement that users have a broadband (high speed) connection.
  • A computer running Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or Mac Book, MacPro, or Mac.
  • A modem or broadband connection (such as cable modem), a web browser, (Internet Explorer or Google).

2) What percentage of learners will be using each platform?

  • With a standard LAN connection all students will be using the same platforms.

3) What is the lowest common dominator in the terms of computer-CPU, available hard disc space, sound card, speakers or headsets, and monitor resolution?

  • Necessary equipment and hard disc space, sound card, speed, speakers or headsets, and monitor resolution are within acceptable limits.

4) Will the application be delivered via local hard drive, local server, and Wide-Area Network or Internet connection?

  • Application will be delivered using a combination of local hard drive, local server, Wide Area Network or Internet.

5) If there is a modem or Internet connection, what are the connection speeds?

  • The connection speed 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 2.2GHz dual-core intel Core i7 processor Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz.
  • The connection speed is AMD A6-500 APU with Radeon ™ HD Graphics 2.00 GHz. Instant Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB (3.46 GB unstable) System Type: 64 bit Operating System x64 based processor. Pen & Touch: Touch support with 5 Touch Points.

6) What percentage of learners will have what connection speeds?

  • All learners will have the same connection speed (100%).

7) What learning/work environment will the application be delivered into? (Classroom, at individual workstation, shared computer in work area, production or manufacturing environment).

  • The learning/work environment will be delivered in the Business Computer Lab in a high school setting.

Task Analysis

1) Who performs the task?

  • The learner performs the task building on already acquired knowledge.

2) What indicates that the task is complete?

  • A completely finished product.

3) What output does the task produce?

  • A written communication denoting a form of introduction to a lesson.

4) What happens to the output of the task?

  • It is incorporated into a lesson plan. 

5) How well must this task be performed on the job? (% of accuracy, time frame, etc.).

  • It must be clear, concise and articulate.
  • Practice time is 15 minutes and a delivered product in 30 minutes on Smart-stick for evaluation.

6) What knowledge is needed to complement or perform this task?

  • Advanced educational communication skills and entry-level computer skills.

7) What values/attitudes/beliefs are needed to complement or perform this task?

  • A true passion for educating children.
Training Issues

1) What types of training programs have been implemented in the past?

  • In-service training is required in education. 
  • All educators must complete 125 hours of in-service training every five years.

2) What type of training will this be?

  • In-service training on how to write a WebQuest introduction.

3) Are there budgetary or resource constraints?

  • A grant was received from the federal government for the implementation of computer-mediated learning environments.
  • The grant received was $200,000 and it is more than enough to cover the expenses of the training.

4) Explain how and by whom will this training be conducted?

  • The training will be performed my contingency of prior trained individuals who attended a computer-mediated course.

5) How much time will be on or off the job?

  • No time will be lost on or off the job.

6) Will the training be on or off the job?

  • Training will be offered on the job on the teacher’s planning period throughout the workday.

7) Is this training voluntary or mandatory?

  • In-service is mandatory.

8) Is this training seen as an isolated solution or is there an on going need for training?

  • In-service training is an ongoing requirement.

9) When is the training needed?

  • As soon as possible.

10) Why is this date important?

  • The federal government has mandated strict time constraints so the funds must be used.

11) Does management support training?

  • Yes, the management requires in-service training so they are very supportative.

12) Explain how.

  • A grant was written by the school to obtain the funds for this program so they have made every effort to comply with the grant provisions.
  • The provisions require integration of computer-mediated learning environments in all classroom disciplines.
  • The WebQuest format adequately satisfies this requirement and amply supplies the necessary documentation for the grant.

13) How have training programs been evaluated in the past?

  • All training programs are evaluated, it is mandated by the county that they must be evaluated for effectiveness.

14) How will this training program be evaluation? (What levels of evaluation will be addressed?)  

  • One to One survey of participating teachers.
  • A formative evaluation will be conducted.
  • And a summative evaluation conducted 90 days after implementation.
  • Analysis of test score statistics ongoing.

15) What procedures will be used for each level addressed?

  • Questionnaire, one on one survey of participating teachers. 
  • A team of experienced instructional designers will be employed to evaluate the effectiveness of the in-service program.
  • An on-going summative evaluation will be conducted internally and externally for a period of at least one year.

16) Will individuals be evaluated on their performance during the training?

  • Formal evaluation and feedback with suggestions for improvement.
  • One on One survey of participants.

17) If so, how will the results be used?

  • Results will be used to assist in the debugging of the in-service program.


Federal funds used to implement the Project were justified and the teaching staff was educated on how to create a WebQuest introduction. WebQuests were incorporated into the county curriculum. It is always an advantage when everyone involved can see documentation of how the adopted Project would be implemented. This is example was created to inform others of how the process is followed. My hope is that all will understand the process and make more positive decisions.

Author: Whitney Joh is a retired school teacher.



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Oct 23.2018 | 05:09 am

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