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Facilitating deeper understanding

While assignments are ideal for a single topic, when you want students to dive deeper and explore a subject or topic, you create a project. In a project, students work through a series of steps exploring activities, completing tasks, uploading files, and more. Students complete these phases in alignment with the timeline of the project. Using the project tool, students manage their own progress. A culminating product caps off the project and allows students to demonstrate their knowledge.

GoQuest enables you to build customized projects for your students using the web resources curated by Compass Learning, as well as any lessons, graphics, or other files you want to add to the project. From the main Projects page, you can view a list of existing projects and see details on how students are progressing; you can also click Create Project to create a new project.

How to create a Project

Projects are designed to give students scaffolded help in completing projects, to help them grow toward directing their own learning and creating advanced levels of work. Completing a Project will help students gain experience and confidence that may allow them to undertake other work that is more fully self-directed. It can be a great tool for students who have never experienced the challenge of designing, managing, and completing an independent project with authentic, original products to learn how to approach the extensive planning, decision-making, and organization required.

Use the presentation below to create your new project. It will walk you through a Super Starter project. Be sure to select New Project when you start the process. The instruction are still applicable.


Step-by-step instructions

Click Project from the top menu. Then click the Create Project button.

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Select New Project from the drop down.

Begin editing the raw template.

Create your project title and establish the start/end dates.

Each project has 5 sections:

  • Introduction
  • Phase One: Explore a Topic
  • Phase Two: Identify a Problem
  • Phase Three: Create a Product
  • Phase Four: Share Your Work

Within each section, you will see Student Interaction Opportunities.

In the top left corner, you will see what type of interaction it is.

Within the box, you will find descriptions, directions, resources, the ability for students to input notes and answer questions, and more.

Note that every interaction provides buttons to add student interaction:

  • Add Student Response: adds a text box for students to type in text and save
  • Add Activities: allows the teacher to add activities to the project
  • Add Resource: allows the teacher to add external resources (documents) to the project)

In some boxes, you will see: GoQuest Project Interactions Student Select.jpg

When you check this box, the student establishes the parameters for that box.

Tip: Read through all of the boxes and understand all of the expectations for students.

Tip: Update the dates in the Teacher Check-In field so that Upcoming Events on your Teacher Dashboard are accurate.


Once you have everything just right, scroll back to the top and click Save Project.

Assigning a Project

Once you have saved your project, you can access it to make changes (up until you assign it). To assign the project, select GoQuest Project Assign Icon.jpgto Assign to your students.

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This opens up your class list. Tip: Use the All Students dropdown to select your groups if you would like to assign that way.

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Check the box next to the students you want to assign to, and click Assign to Students in the bottom left corner.

Warning: Projects cannot be assigned to students who have not finished their profile.


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