To ensure students are engaging in experiences deeper than ‘horseless carriage’ instruction as I discussed in my last post, these learning experiences should be evaluated using the RAT model. This model stands for Replacement, Amplification and Transformation, and is designed as a tool to self-assess the use of ICT and pedagogy within an instructional practice. The ‘horseless carriage’ approach, where although the technology used serves a different means, it is still within the same practice, is an example of Replacement. For a practice to be classified as Amplification, it must increase the effectiveness and productivity of the same instructional practice. Finally, Transformation is achieved if the technologies used invent new learning, instruction or curricula.
As Tahnee states, this model will be very effective and useful, not only within our university experience, but also leading into our professional careers.