Developing Experience Designers

Learning to Fail: How to Make Failing Part of Learning

Submitted Abstract

Failing can be a great teacher, but few sign up for its classes. Our institutions are filled with learners who feel pressured to get high grades so asking them to fail (and smile while doing it) is a hard sell. So how can we get learners to explore new ideas and extended content, then embrace the failure that often results? In this session, you’ll learn how an iterative process of problem definition, experimentation, failing, and reflection can produce innovative results regardless of the subject matter. We’ll explore how to create learning environments where risk-taking is celebrated and where learners end the semester with the knowledge that transcends the grading scale.


Innovation, Design Thinking, Learner-centered Education, Inquiry-Based Learning

About This Scholarship

Type: Conference Presentation
Reach: Regional
Date: November 14, 2015
Event: 35th Annual Lilly Conference on College Teaching
Location: Miami University
Initiated: Invited
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