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Liz V - cloud on H800 Healthy Eating design representations 4Ts and e-design template

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Elizabeth Valentine-House
3 April 2017

The two templates Ive selected to review are: 

  • 4Ts model: 
  • E-Design template: 

I chose these, over the other examples given (4SPPIces Model and in LdShakeISiS model and in the ScenEdit toolCADMOSWeb Collage, and Design Principles Database) as they were the ones that I grasped most quickly. Some of the others required me to interpret a lot and piece relationships between elements back together again - having broken them apart, which I did not find helpful for an overview (but may be more useful for a detailed look?).  The two templates I selected both felt like they gave enough information quickly, and in a well structured format. They also felt more familiar and more applicable to my own narrative.  These are the diagrams that felt like they had the least amount of information, but in contrast to those I didn't pick, they are not as expressive. I get less of a feel for the way the activity feels perhaps. 

I liked the fact that both featured a time aspect, in fact that is their central dimension. I liked the clarity of the "swim lanes" in the 4 Ts model. I understood how different steps followed from each other, who and what was involved in each. This type flow diagram approach is familiar.  I liked the edesign template for its more abstract and theoretical view of the design, and the way in which it highlights how some approaches need to follow earlier ones, and which have been ommited or overlooked in your design!

The e design template is not so good at practically illustrating how a learning design pans out practically, but relies on the clarity of the written content per step. The 4Ts is much better at visually presenting the info. I like the clarity of input and output also in the 4Ts, per stage. One can clearly see the nature of the stimulus and the intended result.  I feel I could take the 4Ts and replicate it using my own narrative fairly simply.  However, it would not give me the critical lens that the edesign template does to reflect on the way my design builds, stage to stage, and what stages I am not potentially making effective use of. The 4Ts feels less reflective to me.  I do wonder if the edesign template would make me feel a design was incomplete unless it did all 4 stages though!

To represent my narrative, I'd first need to ungeneralise my narrative and pick a specific instance of an online study group to write up. Both these diagrams seem to need explicit content to work well.  I'm curious as to how they could be used for more abiguous areas or alternative routes.  The benefit of using either of these, for me, is that I could have something relatively high level, that is quickly interpretted by those who then need to apply it. Showing potentials for steps later in designs is positive to stretch course producer's approaches.

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