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Anna Orridge
1 April 2015

I chose the 4 Ts model and the e-Design Template to compare. I think they were both reasonably readable, although the diagram for the 4 Ts was rather easier for me to comprehend, possibly because it corresponds quite closely to the lesson plan format I have been encouraged to follow in my TEFL career.. If, by expressiveness, we are to understand the degree to which the representation expresses its theoretical underpinnings, then I would say that the e-design template is considerably more expressive than the 4 Ts model, as the best practice principles are fully integrated into the sample design / lesson plan. If, on the other hand, we are to interpret it as the extent to which it accurately describes the series of activities, then I would say the 4 Ts model was superior, as it shows far more clearly how the materials which are used links with the nature of the interactions. In terms of utility, I would say that the e-design template probably had the edge, partly because of its emphasis on feedback, both formative and summative, which was quite a key part of my design. The emphasis on peer interaction and student-designed interaction is problematic for my design, however, as the Articulate project was intended for mainly individual exploration online and self-testing. If my design incorporated follow-up activities or project work, it may have been a better fit. The 4 Ts model was not entirely adequate for expressing my design, mostly because there is a heavy emphasis on teams and the interaction patterns within them, whereas my design may benefit more from a focus on activity types and progression. One component that would have particular benefit though, is Technology. The distinction between input, environment and output would have helped to make clear what each interactive slide of the presentation intended to achieve. By isolating interaction patterns (student to student, teacher to students, etc) clearly from technology and materials, I think this design provides a very good opportunity for a practitioner to take a step back and see how collaborative and participatory his or her design truly is. The e-design template would be more adequate for expressing my design, because it allows some components to remain vacant, as would be necessary with a series of tasks which concerned individual exploration and assessment. If I had used this template, it would have been very clear to me how the project would need to be supplemented by class and 'open activities'

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