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Simon Jones
29 March 2013

I think that the 4SPPIces model clear and provides a good overview of some of the key elements to the learning design. The pedagogical method with timings of the activities provides a sense of the flow of the session and whether these are group or individual activities. I did struggle with the naming convention used to indicate whether resources were used collectively or individually but this could be changed. I also liked the LdShake aspect for collaborating with the template and will take a look at the site to see how this could be used in practice. LdShake looks useful, with Tags for describing the lesson and descriptions of the model. 
I found the conceptual model of the activities easy to understand and looks like an easy tool to use when 'brainstorming' the number of activities required to meet the learning outcomes. I thought that the ability to provide metadata for both activity and resource to be useful too so that groups all those involved in the activity, or future activities, are working from an agreed standard. I found the flow model to be very practical too and clearly shows the phases to the lesson and the points at which the teacher facilitates or when a group or individual activity occurs. Again, I would like to try the tool out to see what it's limitations are. 
Benefits for my design
I think the 4SPPIces would be useful as a tool for modelling blended learning for a group of trainers / practitioners rather than a resource to be used during the activity. I would like to try the template and see what level of detail you can capture for each of the activities and expected responses from delegates. For my particular activity I think the collaborative LdShake aspect would work when dealing with SMEs and gathering their feedback. They would also be able to see the planned activities and proposed design of the course and provide input for this too. 
I think CADMOS offers a practical way to quickly design a course and then plot the phases for the actual delivery. I think that this is a tool that I could have used for my activity when identifying the way that I had divided the learning content in to 'chunks' for screencasting purposes. 
In conclusion I would say that both tools seem very useful and I would like to try them out rather than look at screenshots of the Healthy Eating scenario to see what their limitations / strengths are. 

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