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Susan Williams
3 April 2016

A comparison of "Healthy Eating" as a 4SPPIces Model and in an e-Design Template

Compared with some of the other learning designs viewed the 4SPPIces Model is quite easy to understand and read.  It is large enough to view all the needed information but does not take up unnecessary space; it can be clearly viewed on one page.  I like the way that the four factors: pedagogical methods, participants, space and history get equal attention within the design as this means that the teacher really has to think hard about everything that will take place during the lesson and not prioritize one area over the other.  Importantly this design is useful for collaboration and I can imagine it would be very easy to spot any missing information and then add it in, as it is so visual and easy to look at; it would be quick to check over such a lesson plan.  The history section is rather unique as there is consideration of what to do with the ‘results’ and where to store them. I could see this format easily being edited for a series of lessons, without having to change too much data and also as a great way to store lesson plan data.  On the down side, it is not so obvious to see how the lesson will proceed in terms of teacher vs student activities, but I understand that that information is below this circle in an editable tag.

My second choice for comparison is an e-Design Template.  Again this is a very clear design, yet over simple in comparison to the former.  This column format is more familiar to me as a teacher, yet now lacking in detail when compared to the above.   There is no information about the class size or profile, specific equipment used, the work that can be done at school and at home or where the outcomes of the work will be stored. And no links to editable documents that can be shared amongst practitioners.  It would appear to have been designed without technology in mind. The four headings of the columns seem over complicated compared to the activities being carried out.  Although it is obvious in which column in the activity takes place the different colours serve only to confuse wat exactly is happening.  In addition different kinds of activities take place within th same columns; I would prefer to see one column for teacher action and one for student, not mixed up like this.  The timing is also written in a strange way and I don’t know why the words ‘no assessment’ appear in almost every box.  It would have been easier just to write assessment in one and leave the others blank.  Compared to the first design I would not find this useful to use, as it is confusing and lacking in relevant detail.

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Nathan Casey
11:44am 4 April 2016

Hello Susan!

I agree with your comments here; personally I feel that the e-Learning template is very useful for a 'bird's eye view' of the design of a  lesson (and / or reminders of how activities should hopefully 'build' on one another), but in terms of understanding the complexties of what is happening during the specific activities (interactions, resources needed, clear timings, contingency activities, etc), I'd need a little more detail.  I also looked at the Design Principles Database which I think is actually a great counterpart to this for me - I feel using both in conjunction would be fantastic for me!  I too was unclear where the 'e' in 'e-Learning' came in specifically!


Alain Hickey
6:54pm 4 April 2016

Hi Susan,

I also agree that the e-Design template doesn't look very appealing. Also, the time structure at the bottom is in weeks not minutes and so maybe it would be better for a course module as opposed to a single lesson plan.


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