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Mark Bevis
14 April 2013

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My thoughts as regards two models I looked at refer to the 4Ts and e-Design.

4Ts

Readability - as a visual learner, I found the diagrammatic expressions easy to follow, with clear depiction of the flow of a lesson. 

Expressiveness - The idea of relating them to lanes in a swimming pool however, suggests that the each of the components is separate and not to be contaminated with neighbouring lanes. I query whether each lane's content can remain purely neutral to another. Would the implementation of a new technology not taint the waters of the task lane by becoming in itself a task to learn or be taught?  Equally the results of a task are driven by the teams, which although separated from time (as a guide) will undoubtedly affect the time of the overall session when times are not adhered to or are found too rigid.

Utility - I found this model hugely effective in both creating a plan, based on predictive criteria: number of members in a team, potential time on task but perhaps MORE effective when employed as a reflective tool. By annotating the plan both during and post-session, the practitioner should have at hand an accurate account of where and when flexibility are key to the best laid plans and where and when that flexibility must be appropriated.

e-Design

Readability - again being of visual orientation, I found clarity quickly and easily with the illustrative layout of the e-Design model.

Expressiveness - I felt this model reminiscent of a SWOT analysis expression with the graduation of onus and openness of tasks. Suggested to me a method of plotting the position of responsibility progressively through a collection of related tasks. Beginning quite expectedly in the hands of the tutor with closely guided activities allowing minimal risk of deviation from the tutees and advancing positively towards a tutee designed fully autonomous, unrestricted activity of the tutee's creation. 

Utility - My feeling is that this would be a model easy to share and collaborate with though there is a clear opportunity that has not yet seen discussion within the parameters of the visualisation: the Assessment of Effectiveness - this I will put forward in our 'team's report'.

Mark Bevis
15:02 on 14 April 2013

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