Future Class required complete engagement from everyone. That is a lot to ask for.
This class, and being connected all the time, it’s kind of changed how I’ve framed the whole semester and how I manage my time. It requires so much time, and none of my other classes work like this.
Nick, final interview
I am positive that everyone in Future Class experienced engagement ways we were not anticipating. I know for many of us, we also tested what level of engagement we were comfortable with. I don’t know that we would have done the testing without the catalyst of the Drumbeat festival. Having such an important event and being responsible for such an important part of making the event work influenced members of future class to assert themselves and the value they added to the group.
One of the most drastic changes in engagement style was Mary Caton, who came to a realization early on in the course that collaboration makes her uncomfortable. Further, she was the only student who did not go to Drumbeat. However, once we realized what our responsibility was, she found ways to engage and be helpful, and ultimately found the whole drumbeat experience to be amazing and useful, even from afar because,
The event put all the stuff we had been discussing in class in conversation with a larger audience.
Mary Caton, Final Interview
The implication of us being in conversation with a global audience changed our conversations. Knowing that everyone in the class was a part of these conversations that were now viral, and knowing that our voices had been folded in to this amazing dialogue was truly a humbling experience.