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Wednesday, August 1 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Learning from Failure: Debugging in Coding, Gaming and Making Activities

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Most attention in learning research has focused on how to provide instruction that supports or scaffolds students’ learning and solving problems with success, ignoring that helping students understanding mistakes or overcoming failures can provide equally rich learning opportunities. In this symposium, we want to examine how failure is situated and perceived in different contexts, especially those in which learners design complex artifacts such as software, games or electronic textiles. Our presentations and discussions will focus on how learners and teachers talk about failure, how they overcome challenges, and what they can learn from their failures. We want to examine differences and similarities in approaches and mindsets that can help us include failure as a productive dimension in future learning designs.


Deborah Fields

Associate Research Professor, Utah State University
Dr. Deborah A. Fields is a Temporary Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University and an independent research consultant. Deborah researches children’s connective learning and identity engagement through designing with digital technologies... Read More →

Paulina Haduong

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Gayithri Jayathirtha

Student, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
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Yasmin Kafai

Chair, Teaching Learning & Leadership Division, University of Pennsylvania
Yasmin Kafai is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a researcher, designer, and developer of online communities and tools (ecrafting.org, stitchtfest.org, and scratch.mit.edu) to promote computational participation, crafting, and creativity across K-16. Book publications include Connected Code, Connected Play, The Computer Clubhouse, Textile Messages, and Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat. Kafai earned a doctorate from Harvard University while working wit... Read More →
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Breanne K Litts

Assistant Professor, Utah State University
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Chase Mortensen

Research Assistant, Utah State University

Mike Tissenbaum

Research Scientist, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
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Creative Computing Lab at Harvard University

Creative Computing Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Wednesday August 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Media Lab - Multi-purpose Room, 6th Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA