Testing our Assumptions
On top of that, before we prototyped the experiences, we had some pre-conceived notions. We weaved our assumptions in to the prototype experiences to find out if they were right or wrong.
Assumption 1: Only complementary interests need to be considered in a connection.
Wrong. There are more factors to consider in a connection because students are not interested in a purely transactional relationship. Other things like shared learning goals were also important for students to have a fruitful and enjoyable learning exchange experience.
Assumption 2: Students will have a more comfortable learning experience if they can choose who to learn from.
Partially true. Students like the flexibility of seeing peers suggested by Hatch, and browsing from a directory.
Assumption 3: Students will be more comfortable if we can help to bridge and break the ice for them.
True. When we started the conversation and introduction for them, students felt more at ease and oriented to continue the learning experience after.
In addition, we also learned a couple of things that were crucial to the success of the experience: