Mobile learning, experiential learning, and productive failure

4 August 2010

"Failure is not an option", as the catch phrase goes, but can carefully designed opportunities for failure actually help students learn? Dr. Wilton Fok from the University of Hong Kong shares his insights into the use of "productive failure" in the context of experiential learning with mobile technologies.

Mobile learning and opportunities for learning with "Productive Failure" - Dr. Fok lead a team of undergraduate students to Sichuan to conduct an experiential learning project. Students built a renewable energy system and an e-learning system for a reconstructed school in Sichuan, after the school was damaged in the earthquake disaster (2008). In this project, students were asked to solve complex and ill-structured problems without the provision of support structures. The experience gained in this "productive failure" learning opportunity and his work in mobile learning will be shared in this presentation.

Dr. Wilton Fok is a Senior Teaching Consultant at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. Dr. Fok's research focuses on teaching and learning technologies, e-commerce, clean energy and environment. One of Dr. Fok's mobile learning projects, in which students used PSP gaming devices for teaching and learning, won an Information and Communication Technology Award in Hong Kong in 2008. Dr Fok has published papers relating learning and energy technologies in multiple conferences and journals including the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, Universitas 21 Conference on Energy Technologies and Policy, IEEE Computer Society Learning Technology's Technical Committee on Learning Technology, Journal of the Higher Education Academy and International Symposium on Engineering Education and Educational Technologies. He received his Bachelors in Engineering, Masters in Science in Industrial Engineering and Masters in Science in Environmental Management from the University of Hong Kong; his MBA from the University of Cambridge and his PhD from the Renmin University of China.

This seminar is one of a series on the sciences and technologies of learning, brought to you by the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo).

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Time: 11am-12:30pm

Location: 230

Cost: Free