Meet, Greet, Teach (MGT):
Teaching Failure

An Informal Conversation about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Environmental Issues

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
5:00-6:30 PM
Program on the Environment Commons, Wallace Hall (ACC) 012

Free to attend.  RSVP requested by Friday, May 23.


Can the failure to teach reaching success from failure become our own teaching failure?
We teach students that science starts with an hypothesis, and ends with a peer-reviewed publication detailing successful experiments.  That is, scientists are über-smart people who always know the answer in advance, and never make mistakes.
What happened to exploration of a problem, adaptive management to hone an idea, reflection on whether the approach is appropriate, learning from mistakes.  Shouldn’t we teach failure in order to affect success? 

Join us for a discussion of how - and why - teaching failure can make a difference to student learning.


  • Ginger Armbrust, Professor and Director, Oceanography
  • Lauren Buckley, Assistant Professor, Biology
  • Juliet Crider, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Applied Geosciences, Earth & Space Sciences
  • Dominic Muren, Lecturer, Industrial Design & Interaction Design
  • Brian Polagye, Research Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Co-Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
Teaching failure was a recent topic in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  To see how one professor found failure in the classroom more instructive than success, click here.

MGT is an evening series offering graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty with an interest in engaging in artful, interactive, innovative teaching a chance to interact with colleagues from across campus who are willing to share their enthusiasm and experience.  
Each MGT focuses on a single “30,000 foot” issue: What is interdisciplinary? The role of facts versus values. Can personalized teaching be objective teaching? Saving STEM.

Over a glass of wine and light appetizers, attendees have a chance to mix and mingle before settling down to a 30-minute "fast panel" of 3-5 faculty, each delivering thought - and conversation - provoking answers. With time for both structured and social interaction, MGT presents an opportunity for everyone to have a say, make a contact, find a shared direction, and learn something new.

Wanting more follow-up? We'll wrap up the session with time for more one-on-one interaction, giving everyone time to grab a speaker for a final comment.

Sponsored by the College of the Environment and hosted by the Program on the Environment

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