It is the last week of classes. Big essays are due now. The dates of final exams are highlighted on students’ study calendars. Stress levels on campus are rising. Sales of Red Bull are increasing. And I have been invited to a workshop to discuss the use of performance enhancing drugs for learning.
Some students are worried about passing or failing. The advantages of passing are mostly obvious, if somewhat boring. Few people consider the advantages of failing. Here is a post which I wrote a couple of years ago on a colleague’s blog. It outlines why, and under what conditions, a failure can be a very good thing. Continue reading