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Rosie Earl's review of learning design models

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Rosie Earl
30 March 2013

The first model that appealed to me was the 4Ts Model, because I found it the clearest of the group and easy to get a grasp on. It works in a similar way to how I plan my session notes at work - splitting everything into categories so noting is missed. I also liked the skeleton structure style that the model had. I am often criticised for not going into enough detail in my notes, so using something like this would be ideal for me in the preparation phase. I could get my skeleton organised, then flesh it out with the detail required for the notes. Although the model itself doesn't allow for a lot of detail, it is a good foundation to work from.

The second model that appealed to me was the Design Principles Database model. Although I didn't fully get my head around it straight away, I really liked the concept of a design tool that allowed you to explore accessible features in a hands on way. I like to use lots on different media in my training and I felt this model helps the designer not only explore what is available, but give reasons why it is relevant and valuable.

I feel both of these methods would have been valuable to me when designing the e learning module I described in my previous cloud. The 4Ts model would have given me a solid base to explain to the Senior Managers, who were in experienced in e learning, what I was aiming for in the planning stage. The Design Principles Dadabase would have helped me to better articulate why I had chosen an e learning format, and would have helped me to be more creative with the limited technology to hand.

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