Pedagogical information for researchers and companies

There are a few pedagogic elements to take into account when students are involved. The main issues are:
  1. Expectations and work plan: Explain the work plan in its outline and what is expected from the students at the beginning of the process. Update the expectations and work plan when necessary and remind students of the next steps every now and then. This is not only good for motivation, but also good for learning.
  2. Explain: Explain the concepts, reasons why, proceedings, the terminology, etc. There might be students from different sectors (multidisciplinary) and knowing why something is done gives a boost to motivation. In addition, explaining helps to make connections with other disciplines and issues. 
  3. Examples: Provide examples. These can be visual, auditory, written, videos, stories… use your common sense and imagination. Examples which are closer to life work the best, because less memory needs to be used and thus the individuals can concentrate on the issue more. 
  4. Conversations - discussions: Allow for space and time, during and after the presentations and lectures, for conversations, discussion and questions. 

The pedagogic approach of CSF is problem-based learning and learning-by-doing. Thus students solve problems and learn as they actively solve the problems. Therefore informing the students of the work plan and expectations is necessary, and explaining, examples and conversations/questions are a useful part of learning too.