Blog Post 3 – WebQuests in Radiology Education

After searching through Google form some decent examples of Radiology related web quests, I was able to locate this one on Zunal, and this on on Glogster. Both are quite good examples of how web quests could be employed to expand student’s knowledge on a given subject, pathology in the above examples. What I quite like about the use of a web quest, is it allows students to be as in depth as they wish. If they simply wish to answer the questions assigned, they will get out of it what is required, so long as the quest is designed well, however, the ambitious students may also choose to dig deeper and explore more in depth, once they are pointed in the right direction by the web quest. Most reliable sources of information on the subject of fractures, for example, contain extensive information beyond what students would typically get in the textbook. For example, Radiology Masterclass, and Learning Radiology both cover basic information on fractures, classifications, etc. Medscape, however, offers etiology of fracture names, history, and medical studies on patient prognosis after reduction as additional information students may find beneficial.

I would love to use a web quest like this to help students understand some of the more voluminous and tedious lessons in Radiology. The above pathology examples are the most obvious, for example, students could be assigned a web quest which features the most common fracture types. The web quest would feature several reliable sources of information for them to explore, but still require the students to do a little digging in order to learn the information they are seeking. Basic information such as radiographic appearance, injury kinematics, and reduction would be easy to find, but extra info could be found for, say, a general question requesting one additional fact about a fracture the student finds likely. This allows the student the latitude to explore and learn something on their own terms, say, perhaps why a fracture is named after an individual. Who were they? Why is it named after them?


One thought on “Blog Post 3 – WebQuests in Radiology Education

  1. Great post Jordan!

    I like the point about some students being able to go further with research if they want. Giving them a few links to good research pages not only helps lead them in the right direction for the answers but it also shows good examples of what to look for when looking for other sources of research. I also like that your thought was to use the web quest more for the tedious heavier pieces of information you have to teach. This way the students have a better chance of retaining and understanding the most important information.


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