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Productive Failure

Productive Failure

Participants will have an opportunity to explore the instructional design strategy, productive failure, and how it can support the development of adaptive expertise. We will define productive failure, describe how productive failure has been used in health professions education, and illustrate how participants can use productive failure design approaches in their practice.

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This workshop is for the health professional involved in education design and practice. This workshop will build on the concepts of adaptive expertise but focus on productive failure specifically as an instructional approach to promote future learning. Participants can expect didactic teaching, interactive exercises, and small group discussion to encourage an engaging 3-hour workshop.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to define productive failure, describe productive failure's use in health professions education, and apply the principles of productive failure in their teaching and assessment approaches. 

Keywords: adaptive expertise; desirable difficulties; instructional design; preparation for future learning; productive failure.

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209 Victoria Street, 4th floor

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