Assignment 1: Critique of Design Models (Individual)

Value: 20%

Purpose

The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with the opportunity to critically examine various design models used in the creation of digital learning environments.

Instructions

For this assignment, you will select two design models from the course readings and will provide a critical evaluation of the selected models.  Below is a list of questions to help guide your critique of each model:

Origins

  • Who developed the model?
  • What are the origins of the model?  Did it develop out of another model or theory?
  • What are the principles on which the model is based?  What are the assumptions of the model?
  • How has the model changed/evolved over time?
  • Where does the model fit within the continuum of innovation from evolutionary to transformational?
  • Where is the learner in the model?

Strengths and Weakness

  • What are the strengths of the model for understanding design and innovation?
  • What new explanations/insights does the model offer?
  • What contribution does the model make to understanding design and innovation?
  • What are the key criticisms of the model?
  • What are the limitations and/or gaps related to the model?
  • What is missing in the model, are there any steps that are left out?

Application

  • What are some examples of the model in practice?
  • What are the implications of the model for practice?
  • How can the model be applied usefully to enhance practice?
  • How could you use the model to design your own digital learning environments?

Please Note: If there is a design model that is not included in the course readings that you would like to explore, please let me know and we can discuss it.

Format

Your critique should be in a written format (Max. 1000 words).

You are expected to adhere to APA standards for citations, formatting, and references and to support your critique with appropriate academic literature.

Submission

You will submit your written critique to Assignment 1: Critique of Design Models (Individual) Dropbox in Moodle.

You are also encouraged to post a copy of your critique on your blog so that we can all learn from each other’s analysis and evaluation of the various design models.

Grading

This assignment will be marked according to the following rubric:

Course Learning Outcome/Assessment Criteria Excellent
(A+ to A)
Proficient
(A- to B+)
Satisfactory
(B to B-)
Unsatisfactory
(F)
Citations All citations and APA format are correct. Most citations and APA formatting are correct. Some citations and APA formatting are correct. Few citations and APA formatting are correct.
Style, Grammar, and Spelling Writing is clear and effective for potential audiences with minimal errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation. Paragraphs are well-organized and adhere to proper academic paragraphing structure. Writing is clear and effective for potential audiences, for the most part, with minor errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation.  Paragraphs are fairly organized and mostly adhere to proper academic paragraphing structure. Writing is somewhat unclear and/or ineffective for potential audiences with multiple errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation.  Paragraphs somewhat adhere to proper academic paragraphing structure. Writing is unclear and ineffective for potential audiences with significant and repeated patterns of errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation.  Paragraphs do not adhere to proper academic paragraphing structure.
Origins of Model Provides a clear and concise description of the origins of each model delivering all relevant information necessary for full understanding. Provides a clear and concise description of the origins of each model with sufficient information for general understanding. Provides a minimal description of the origins of each model making it difficult to understand the context. Provides an incomplete description of the origins of each model impeding understanding of the context.
Strengths and Weaknesses of Model Clearly explains the strengths and weaknesses of each model and presents a detailed, realistic, and appropriate rationale with strong arguments and well-documented evidence. Explains the strengths and weaknesses of each model and presents an adequate rationale with logical arguments and documented evidence. Identifies the strengths and weaknesses of each model with minimal explanation and presents a limited rationale with weak arguments and minimal evidence. The strengths and weaknesses of each model are not identified and/or rationale is insufficient and does not include any supporting arguments or evidence.
Application of Model

The application of each model in practice is thoroughly considered.

Viewpoints and interpretations are insightful and well supported. Clear, detailed examples are provided, as applicable.

The application of each model in practice is considered.

Viewpoints and interpretations are supported. Appropriate examples are provided, as applicable.

The application of each model in practice is somewhat considered.

Viewpoints and interpretations are sufficiently supported.  Some examples, when applicable, are provided, but they are minimally connected to the assignment.

The application of each model in practice is minimally considered.

Viewpoints and interpretations are missing, inappropriate, and/or unsupported. Examples, when applicable, are not provided.