Saturday, 17 January 2009

What is a web-based lesson?

Here's the place to understand what a web-based lesson can be. Based on the quiz and the definition you read about it write your comments, doubts or questions in "Comments".


  1. It's really nice to see how technology in getting on our daily practices. All level students have to be motivated, so if we learn to include technology in our classes, we can not only motivate our students to learn, but also we can incentivate them to go on learning by themselves, encouraging learner autonomy.


  2. Is this like what Bernie Dodge calls as WebQuest?


  3. To me a web-based lesson can be any lesson where you incorporate a website or even some technology. It could be an online game, a webquest, or even a lesson that was made for a smartboard.

  4. A web-based lesson is the one totally or partially based on doing any kind of activities online. At first, it’s very tempting to try this new kind of teaching, but when you really start doing this – it is sooooo time-consuming!!! I guess I’m not the only one who has not once doubted – is it worth the effort? Still, I like the idea enormously – it is exciting, each lesson turns into ral masterpiece which gives you the feeling of professional content.

  5. real masterpiece,i mean,sorry

  6. A web-based lesson is any lesson that makes use of one or several websites. It may be delivered totally online, through blogs for example. Or can be a f2f lesson with an internet component at some stage.

    As to Agus' question regarding webquests, I don't think it is exactly the same. Bernie Dodge's webquests have a very formal structure which we can replicate in web-based lesson or not.
    There are many similarities though.


  7. A web based lesson implies the use of one or several websites. It can be entirely on line or have some on line and off line components. As far as I know, web based lessons are slightly different from webquests. Their structure is different, more rigid and a large percentage of the input and material is supplied from the Internet.

    Maria Laura Garcia from Argentina

  8. A web-based lesson is one in which resources from Internet are used. They might be sites for reading, searching for information, playing interactive games; or communication tools for chatting, creating audio, blogging, etc. This type of lesson fosters learner-centredness and let teachers create a learning environment in a media that, nowadays, is a growing tool of communication. In my particular teaching context, mostly adolescents and young adults, and being a grown-up myself, I think that this is a way of getting nearer my learners' own world and understand their needs better. I do imagine that planning and assessing is time-consuming but I'd like to include a few tools, little by little, to see if my expectations are fulfilled.

  9. My quizz result is low, however, I am ready to continue and learn. By the way, why is an abbreviation F2F used before a whole word appears in the text?

    I am happy that this web-based lesson learning is described as partially online teaching. Too many times I have experienced learning situations when information technology was presented as the center of teaching instead as a tool to meet teachers' pedagogical needs to reach students in a classroom.

    I also think that planning a web-based lesson requires different approach to lesson planning. It becomes more analytical but at the same time an overall goal needs to be present in a teacher's mind all the time.

  10. Roxana (roxache)
    Web-based lessons are really interesting for students. Having the technology as the means for learning is the first thing the students will find interesting. Also, the large amount of sites that can be explored and having sound, pictures, videos in the lesson will enhance their learning and keep them motivated. We cannot forget the MI (Multiple Intelligences). By using web-based lessons, I would say that most students are reached.

  11. One thing that strikes here is planning the Web-based lesson.Students need a guide to know exactly what to look for in the great sea of information the Internet provide and they should reflect about it.
    Isabel Teixeira

  12. Web-based lessons use sites to make learning and teahcing more intersting. They give us the feeling taht we aren't only teaching or learnig, but also being part of a global, virtual community. Last year I planned a lesson in which students had to do different exercises about future tenses online, and one of my pupils, who worked quite slowly in the classroom, was fascinated because he left that lesson feeling that he had accomplished something... I had the same feeling, too.
    Lujan from Argentina.

  13. Hi all!
    It is embarrassing to be doing this so late, school started this week, and I have been in meetings since last I fell behind..

    I find web lessons to be an innovative tool that supports any topic we might be teaching in class. It is exciting for students, motivating and engaging. A new way to get the attention of the new generation of "connected" students.
    I believe once one knows how to successfully use the many tools presented, the pros, the cons, and if you are really organized and have your teaching objectives clear, planning a web based lesson should be quicker.
    I have what I just named "Computer Attention Deficit Syndrome" ....I get easily distracted with all that is out there....that of course, is a reality to be faced if and when we introduce the web-lessons to our groups.
    Time management, lesson's tasks, and maybe predicting how your students will handle the loads of interesting information and programs is also necessary to manage.
    Laura Gang
    Costa Rica

  14. Larissa Gorokhova8 February 2009 at 04:17

    One of the problems with WBL is the need for computers (or at least a computer) and Internet connection. As classrooms equipped with computers aren’t very numerous (at least at my university), one can’t build most of their classes as WBLs. But I think there are 2 more types of WBL (or, at least, partly web-based) that don’t need special classrooms:
    1) the teacher prints out materials from Internet sources and hands them out to the students, plays audio and video files downloaded from the Internet using an mp3-player or a DVD-player, etc.
    2) the teacher plans a WBL as a kind of home assignment for the students. He/ she provides a plan of the WBL specifying tasks and links they are supposed to follow. The students work online at home using their personal computers.
    I use both variants in my work, though it still would be great to have a proper WBL from time to time :-)