Sizing Up the Learner

puppeteer and 4 steps

Here you see the the puppeteer focusing on Step 1, Sizing up the learner. The puppeteer asks the questions, who is my audience?; what are they likely to be interested in?; what are they likely to expect? and so on. Note here that we address the learner in a plural sense, as part of an audience.

The number 1 dangling from the hand control, shares the hand control with numbers 2 - 4. The 4- Steps are connected. You cannot really work with the Step 1 marionette only, there is always an interaction between all the steps. If you do something to Step 2 such as raise it higher, your action will effect Steps 1, 3, and 4, which will move around too.

The interdependence of the steps makes for an interesting design adventure. As a puppeteer, you must always keep in mind that interaction, you rarely make decisions that are not influenced by the other steps.

This chapter focuses on ways to think about the audience by learning more about them. You play a puppeteer detective, seeking information and answers answers to messages are likely to make sense to the audience? To explore, you collect data. You may share your script and ideas with fellow or expert puppeteers, asking them for feedback. You may send out audience surveys and observe audiences in different puppet shows.