Explaining SLIC and RAT

This week we were introduced to two acronyms: SLIC and RAT. In this blog I am going to try my best to describe them and how they relate to one another.

SLIC stands for:

Student Learning: i.e. what the learner does

Instructional method: i.e. what the teacher does

Curriculum goals: i.e. what you want the students to learn.

SLIC describes the themes of an instructional event. The RAT framework describes how ICTs can be used. When using ICTs in any of the ways described below, the SLIC needs to be considered to ensure you know if it changes any of the SLIC themes. Here is the description of the RAT framework:

Replacement: replacing some prior means with ICT but does not change any of the SLIC themes. For example: using the Interactive Whiteboard to display a video rather than playing it through a VCR.

Amplification: ICT is used to amplify an existing approach as it makes it more efficient or productive. For example: using ICT to store all teaching resources in digital form which makes them easily accessible.

Transformation: ICT is used to transform part/s of the SLIC when using it in a way that will affect how an activity is normally done. For example having students create a blog to transform their learning.

This post from a fellow student provides a very good description of RAT and SLIC, while this post describes RAT with emphasis on how important the Transformation aspect is to learning.

Signing off,



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