Coaching Questions Group 2

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To help your group and the teachers prepare for the tutor meetings, we would like you to answer a few questions in between sessions. The following paragraphs list the questions for each of the weeks, please write you answers directly underneath the questions.


After the kick-off - Week 1

  • What are you expecting to learn during the Robots course?

We expect to learn how to work in an interdisciplinary team on a subject build around robots. We expect to use software and hardware in the form of robots in order to solve a social issue.

  • What kind of coaching do you expect?

We expect critical questions which can steer is in the right direction.

  • What kind of coaching would you prefer?

We would like the coaches to tell us if we are on the right track by asking us critical questions which keep us thinking.

  • What will the coaches expect of you?

They would like us to update the wiki oftenly in order for them to be able to prepare for the meetings and to keep track of our progress. They would also like us to be open for criticism. They will also expect a understandable wiki.

After the first tutor meeting - Week 2

  • What is the most interesting thing you learned in the coaching meeting of the previous week and why?

We learned that we need to make our work more defined and our ideas and plans more quantified because it makes it much more easier to work on our task later on as well as give us an idea whether or not our plans are feasible or not.

  • How did you incorporate coaches' feedback of the previous meeting in your project?

We decided to make our plans, task and overall structure of our project more defined as well as take into consideration the information Visio gave us.

  • What new activities did you undertake during this week? What did you learn from these activities?

We had a phone call with the company Visio in order to get more in depth information about our topic. Unfortunately we learned that the idea for our device had is already been made and in fact it works so good that there is little we could think of in improving it. That made us rethink our strategy and in the end we decided to change our topic. We opted for a education game for blind people. On top of that seeing how effective the optalec easylink12 touch device is made us want to incorporate it in our new topic.

  • What did you do to prepare for next week's meeting?

We did what was we had to according to our plan which included working on the preliminary phase as well as incorporating the advice the coaches gave us. We did it to have work to present for the meeting. Other than that we started thinking of new ideas for our project, and researching on it.

After the second tutor meeting - Week 3

  • What is the most interesting thing you learned in the coaching meeting of the previous week and why?

That if you find that your idea has already been done, you shouldn't just immediately abandon it. Instead you could try to use your new findings to your advantage.

  • How did you incorporate coaches' feedback of the previous meeting in your project?

We tried to look for new interesting projects we could do that have more overlap with the research we did.

  • What new activities did you undertake during this week? What did you learn from these activities?

We switched to a different subject. But one that has significant overlap with our previous subject. We created a new wiki, found 25 new scientific sources, wrote the problem statement and some other parts of the wiki and made a new planning for all remaining weeks.

  • What did you do to prepare for next week's meeting?

For the next meeting we planed to redo all of the things we had in plan but this time for our new topic. That mainly included the first half of our preliminary phase. on top of that we made a plan for the whole project in order to get effective feedback on it as soon as possible seeing how our time will make our workload a bit more intense

After the third tutor meeting - Week 4

  • What is the most interesting thing you learned in the coaching meeting of the previous week and why?

We have learnt that we need to focus on one part of the problem. We don't have enough time to fix a broad problem. Furthermore, we need a clear description about what we want to do.

  • How did you incorporate coaches' feedback of the previous meeting in your project?

We now have a clear problem to fix, which is visualizing a graph for the visually impaired.

  • What new activities did you undertake during this week? What did you learn from these activities?

We went to a school for the blind and the visually impaired in Grave to see how these kids learn. We listened to a teacher there and he told us about one of the greatest difficulties in teaching there. There are a lot of ways in which the students can learn but visualizing a graph remains difficult.

  • What did you do to prepare for next week's meeting?

Tasks were divided and the wiki was updated. A full description of the visit to Grave is made, a research on the software was done, the things to keep in mind whilst making educational games were described. The problem description was also updated.

After the fourth tutor meeting - Week 5

  • What is the most interesting thing you learned in the coaching meeting of the previous week and why?
  • How did you incorporate coaches' feedback of the previous meeting in your project?
  • What new activities did you undertake during this week? What did you learn from these activities?
  • What did you do to prepare for next week's meeting?

After the fifth tutor meeting - Week 6

  • What is the most interesting thing you learned in the coaching meeting of the previous week and why?
  • How did you incorporate coaches' feedback of the previous meeting in your project?
  • What new activities did you undertake during this week? What did you learn from these activities?
  • What did you do to prepare for next week's meeting?

After the final presentation - Week 7

  • What are the major steps of the project? Please list
  • What is the most important thing you learned in this project? (e.g .about design or working in groups, etc)
  • What do you wish you had spent more time on or done differently?
  • What was the most enjoyable part of this project? Please explain why
  • What was the least enjoyable part of this project? Please explain why
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