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john davies
24 March 2014

•             their ‘readability’ (i.e. the ease with which you understood the content)

I chose the four spices model and the EE design template- although I did have a look at all the models within the paper. From a pragmatic point of view, I thought the four spices model was easy to understand, and the simplicity lent towards this model being used a number of scenarios, with or without e- learning.. I thought the principles for e-learning model was also easy to understand, and recognised the principles of this in think what the H 800 course is trying to enable us to do, for example Alex suggesting tutor less experiences and the managed tutor withdrawal  he discussed on the forum the other day. I am familiar with the constructivist principles outlined in the design


•             their expressiveness

I think expressiveness is difficult to to define (and measure)- both seemed to be relatively rigid in structure.

•             their utility (i.e. their usefulness in communicating important aspects of the design).

I thought the four spices model was more useful in communicating the aspects of the design than the e-learning model.

•             Consider these representations from the perspective of the learning design you documented in Activity 1b.


1.            Are they adequate for expressing your design?

Interestingly I think the four spices model would be more appropriate for the design that I discussed in the previous activity, although there is no specific section in the design for the use of artefacts or tools which I think is important. I like the history section that models potentially varied activity that requires flexible management.


It’s also quite interesting that the best principles for e-learning is rather similar to the process of medical students learning how to take histories from patients, were clearly at the start they require an active induction (which was the pa part of the model that I described in my activity), they often need guidance in their questioning at the start but as they become more expert they are able to undertake histories by themselves. It would therefore seem that the best practice e-learning is also applicable to other situations.

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