TamaCoachee is a play on words. It’s a reference to the Tamagotchi of the ‘90s where you had to take care of a virtual animal. With the TamaCoachee you take care of a virtual coachee by being it’s/his/her coach. It’s meant as a training tool for students of Applied Psychology (and related studies) to practice coaching skills. It will look similar to using Skype for a video call, but with feedback on your interaction. We will present an early interactive prototype of this amazing new tool.
Virtual humans (Siri, Alexa, etc.) are ‘virtual humans’ that assist us in a diverse range of tasks. Virtual humans can and are being used to train social skills. Managers, psychologists, coaches, negotiators, etc. can practice on with virtual humans during their training. The benefits are great: detailed insight in participants progress, lower costs and a more homogenous experience per student compared to role playing. One of the main points of focus of the TamaCoachee is the psychological impact of ‘connecting’ real and virtual humans.