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Sam McFarlane
7 April 2013

It is easy to read and follow and appeals to practitioners that have only basic computing skills.  Every part of the tool from the overall design to the activity is shrouded in metadata so you can search and or find out what you are looking for without delving into the resource itself.  Each activity is set out in the conceptual model with the resources required to support it.  This can look a bit complicated but when it is placed into a linear view this becomes clearer for session design.  It would be nice in the linear view to see the total allowed time for the activity.  Also the different phases do not have any description added to them so it seems they are just put in to separate different areas of the learning activity even though the brief describes the phases well.  Lastly it would be nice to see the different type of activity give a different logo (i.e. informative given an i symbol and communicative given a speech bubble). 
What it does well -
Clearly represents a learning activity and allows for conceptual or linear view.  
Linear view has timings and phases attached.
Metadata attached allows for easy searching of resources by type or description
What it does not do well -  
Does not show at a glance total time for activity
Not easy to distinguish between different resources and activities as the logos are the same.  Also the list to choose from is limited.
Does not allow for differentiation in activity.
Only allows time to be included per phase and not for asset of activities or individual activity.
 Does not allow more than one learning goal or pre-requisite.
4 SPPIces
Easier to read than the CADMOS model, a simple layout which each quadrant in the diagram centered around four areas; Pedagogical method, Participants, Space (physical or Virtual) and history (what is likely to be varied during the activity enactment that requires a flexible management).  The tool similar to the CADMOS model utilising the LdShake software supports tagging for easier searching.  The model's layout gives everything you need at a glance in the four quadrants, it does not require a different view to find information
What it does well -
Simple at a glance overview of learning activity including timings, number of participants and physical spaces
Metadata can be attached to each for easy search 
Unlimited activity types, learning goals and physical spaces.                             

What it does not do well -

Linear view is not shown connected to the appropriate actor so no distinguishing between a group activity
No overview of session outline
No timing phases shown diagrammatically
Differentiation not shown on activity.
There are assumptions with learning design tools such as these which is that lessons always stick to a plan and that all artifacts and actors can be prepared beforehand.  This would lead to a very static curriculum leading to delivery of content and not teaching.                           

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