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Joel's Representations: 4Ts Model and the eDesign Template

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Joel Kerr
1 April 2013

Having scanned all six representations I chose to concentrate on the 4 Ts model and the eDesign Template as they both seemed to be a good first step into learning design for novices.

The readability of both was a key driver for identifying them as a good start point particularly the eDesign Template which offers a very simple and concise method of elearning design, built and borrowed from other models. The 4 Ts model, using alliterative words to aid memory recall, is a mechanism I've used in the past and find it works well for me.

The 4 Ts Model is the more complex of the two representations and instead of offering a one-sized fits all approach it will need to be altered to suit each scenario. For example Task can be divided into optional and mandatory, the Teams may be different than Teacher and Student and so on. I suspect this means it will prove to be a more sustainable model than the eDesign Template which already shows weaknesses in being adopted into the Healthy Eating Design Narrative.

I found the reasoning behind the 4 Ts Model to be straightforward and easy to follow. It was useful that the author pointed out the process of designing learning using this representation was a messy one and I could see how the perfectionist may get bogged down in optimising every correlation between task, teams, technology and time. Nevertheless the resulting diagram is easy to follow and immediately inspires new ideas for new activities and improved practises.

The eDesign Template on the other hand is fairly stagnant and does nothing more than represent the design that was implemented. To that end it is effective but the approach doesn't add anything in the same way as other representations do.

The eDesign Template is Ronseal - it does what it says on the tin. It is effective in communicating the learning design but it is limited in it's versatility and scalability. Alternatively the 4 Ts Model is could be adapted to suit a number of scenarios, both big and small, and although it may be a messier approach the end result is tidy,  easy to follow and transferable to other learning situations 

With that in mind I can immediately see how the 4Ts Model could be used my own learning narrative, Secret Belfast, as described in my cloud. Not only that but it has already inspired new approaches (introduction of teams, adaptable technologies etc.) that I think would create better results.

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