3.6. Annex: World Building - Story Design

3.6. Annex: World Building - Story Design

3.6. Annex: Worldbuilding - Story Design

Both the Learning and Narrative Designers will continue to collaborate on this process.

In this process, we will be defining and developing these 4 elements:

  1. The story setting where the world will be based in
  2. The role that the learner will play that allows them to interact with the characters residing in the world
  3. The companies / communities that the characters are a part of
  4. The regular cast of characters

While we attempt to follow a sequence to develop these elements, we should stay flexible in our approach as many of the elements are intertwined. For example, if we think of suitable characters which is intended to be the final step in the process. We can work backwards to arrive at the companies / communities.

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3.6.1. Defining Context (Story Setting)

We brainstorm for a story physical setting where it would make sense to discuss our selected Capability Academy topic. E.g. a city, a town, a school.

3.6.2. Defining Context (Role of Learner)

The learner’s role has to be one that allows them to interact with the companies/communities and characters. E.g. a city commissioner in a city, or a school principal in a school.

3.6.3. Defining Context (Companies / Communities)

Next, we consider companies and communities that fit into the world and is relevant to the topics that we are discussing. E.g. a technology startup, innovation hub, and education center.

3.6.4. Defining Context (Characters)

We consider a cast of recurring characters who are part of the companies and communities that exist in the world. These characters play roles that will interact with the learner, and through the interactions help the learner learn a skill or topic. E.g. an engineer in a technology startup, an innovation lead from the innovation hub and a teacher from an education center.

3.6.5. Developmental Editing & SME Review

The Producer will arrange for the Developmental Editing Lead and relevant Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to review the material simultaneously.

These reviewers will have a 48-hour window to offer their feedback. Should they fail to do so, the Producer reserves the right to move forward without their input.

After receiving the reviewers' feedback, the Producer will instruct the Learning and Narrative Designers to implement the required modifications.

3.6.6. Stakeholder Approval

Once the Designers have made the necessary changes, the Producer will arrange for the final review by the final stakeholder who is usually one of the Learning Experience Leads.

Next, we begin to develop the details.

3.6.7. Developing Story Setting

We develop the story setting while considering factors such as how the world should look and feel like.

3.6.8. Developing Role of Learner

We develop the role of the learner while considering their persona, role, and physical appearance.

3.6.9. Developing Companies / Communities

We develop companies and communities by considering their purposes, concepts, and physical appearances.

3.6.10. Developing Characters

We develop the role of the characters by considering their persona, role in relation to the learner, and physical appearance.

3.6.11. Same Cycle of Reviews as Before

The reviews follow the same cycle as before.

Now we proceed to process ‘1. Module Learning And Experience Design’ to complete each module.