LAK Failathon #lakfail


Update October 2016: Planning for the LAK17 Failathon is underway!

After the success last year, we are submitting a proposal for a second Failathon for #LAK17. We’re running with the title “Beyond Failure: The 2nd LAK Failathon”, and hoping to expand to a whole-day format. The morning will build on last year’s successful session, sharing personal experiences of failures and setbacks in a supportive atmosphere. The afternoon will focus on what we can do to improve as a community, working in small groups to develop prioritised agendas for change in how we use and create evidence.

Update May 2016: The LAK16 Failathon was a huge success!

Thank you so much to everyone who came and shared their experiences of when things don’t go so well.

We agreed it’d be a good thing to do again next year; we had less consensus on whether to move to a more formal invitation of submissions sort of workshop. There did seem to be agreement that if we do go that way, we should expand to a whole-day workshop so we keep the time for the small group discussions, which many people found very valuable.

I (Doug) am going to explore a journal special issue on negative results and failures – thanks to the many volunteers of help so far; more always welcome.

Thanks again, and hope to see you next year, with plenty of fresh failures to talk about!

Original welcome message:

Bismarck allegedly said, “Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others”.

Wise people in the field of learning analytics have a great opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others in the field at the LAK16 Failathon!

Fail Road

The Failathon is one of the pre-workshops at the 6th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK16) in Edinburgh, and will take place on Tuesday 26 April 2016 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

(Update 21 April 2016: LAK16 is now full and registration is closed. It may still be possible to attend the workshop if you are already registered for the conference – please contact the organisers.)

You don’t need to do any special preparation, but you do need to be prepared to talk about your own mistakes, and respect the confidentiality of the session.

Internet Failed

The LAK16 Failathon is brought to you by the Learning Analytics Community Exchange project (LACE), kindly funded by the European Union through the Seventh Framework Programme (619424).

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