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Review of 4T Model and Web Collage methods of Representation

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Paul McCullough
31 March 2014

Review of 4 T’s Model and Web Collage

The 4T’s model might have appealed to me because it appeared to come straight out of a project manager’s handbook.  The 4T’s could be renamed to Task, People, Resources, Time or a variety of other titles that would also convey the same idea.

I liked the linear simplicity of this model, with its focus on constructivist pedagogies.  The fact that each task is of a particular duration is an important factor in planning.  The simple and elegant graphical illustration made the lesson plan easy to follow and understand, even when looking at collaborative group work in the class. I felt that it would be easy to use.

However, it was limited in that it did not have a focus on defining the environment, defining the objectives, or understanding the learner’s aspirations.

Webcollage was the complete opposite of the 4Ts for me.  I spent a not inconsiderable amount of time trying to comprehend it.   I liked the idea that the model created could be used to create a lesson directly in moodle.  I liked the idea of a collage of ideas, graphically represented, that could be quickly used to put together a raft of complementary activities in a lesson.  But when taken as a whole, I felt that the method of modelling took something that should be simple, and made it into something more complex, the opposite of what it was supposed to achieve.

I found that I actually used items from 3 or 4 of the learning design representations when designing the learning activity that I described in Activity 1B.  One of the keys to the success outlined in my chosen narrative was clearly defining the objectives and the environment.  The other important aspect was not deviating from these, even when problems occurred. The overall design followed the path laid out in the eDesign Template representation, where the learner was first of all shown the important tasks, then she worked under supervision, and finally learned and worked on her own.  However, the detail design followed the 4T’s, with each Task given a resource in, an output and a time allocation.

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