e-Learning activity - Newspaper article of the future

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e-Learning activity summary

Title: Authoring a scenario in the format of a newspaper article.
2 - 3 hours

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The purpose of this e-Learning activity is to:

  • Author a scenario in the format of a newspaper article for a date into the future, for example 10 to 20 years from today which tells the story of the major events which took place leading up to this point in the future.
  • Publish and share your newspaper article with participants on this course.

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  • Decide on the defining question you are aiming to answer with your scenario, for example: What will education look like in your sector or region in 2032?
  • Review the scenario matrix you created from your research on key uncertainties and select one quadrant for authoring your scenario.
  • Identify the main characters for your storyline, for example, individuals or institutions.
  • Consider possible plots for your scenario.
  • Identify the major events on the timeline of your scenario.
  • Choose a compelling headline for your article.
  • Develop the lead statement for your article. The lead statement is a sentence which should grab the interest and attention of your reader and cover the topic or major theme of your article.
  • Use your research on the trends and drivers of change during this workshop, to build the "facts" underpinning your scenario. Your scenario should provide a chronology of how you get to this point in the future. Include the basics of what happened, where and when it took place, who is involved and why it's important for your scenario storyline.

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Learning outcome actions

  1. Publish a scenario storyline on your course blog of approximately 600 words in the form of a newspaper article which depicts how you arrived at a point in the future. Your scenario must:
    • Use a creative and compelling headline
    • Provide a plausible record of events leading to this future state
    • Present an alternative for the future in education which will support decision-making in the event that your storyline alternative was to materialise.
  2. Share your journey in developing your scenario with fellow participants by posting regularly on twitter or WEnotes. Remember to include the #SP4Ed tag in your microblog posts.
  3. Read and comment on at least two of the scenarios published by fellow participants.