Another excellent way of encouraging immersion in the various future worlds is to use the scenario sets (either the ones we’ve produced, or a further detailed iteration of these, or your own) as a background to considering how particular people and roles might be shaped in that world.
Even in the most unpopular scenarios participants can really engage with the task and profile some real detail about their characters; this could be presented in a variety of ways (eg, writing a blog, creating a storyboard) and often uses a timeline (for example, to profile ‘a day in the life of…’).
Define one to three specific targets groups in your scenario (students, staff, even institutions) and organize a brainstorm to get a clear profile.
Profiling person (20 minutes):
Imagine a qualified, enthusiastic teacher (fitting in your scenario) thinking about improving his/her course/teaching. Newly-appointed on the job:
- Name, age, gender, personal situation
- Outside job activities as family man, community member, civilian
- Former job and why he/she left
- What does he/she think about his/her job.
Profiling professional life. (20-30 minutes) Identify:
- Short brainstorm on biggest changes in learning process
- Short brainstorm on biggest changes in the working day, week, year, (choose a suitable period)
- Which (important) problems does he/she encounter in and around his/her job
- What are his/her activities
- How are they executed
- Who helps (other roles and relations)?
- For what problems will he/she consider the use of e-teaching?
Make the storyboard (optional - 15 minutes).
Present the stories (optional - 15 minutes).