A Conversation on Productive Failure with Professor Manu Kapur

Professor Manu Kapur
ETH Zurich, Switzerland

In this episode of the Teaching Connections Podcasts, we speak to Professor Manu Kapur and learn more about the theory of productive failure.

In the third episode of the Teaching Connections Podcasts, we feature a conversation with Professor Manu Kapur, in which he shares about the concept of productive failure and how it informs effective learning design. During the discussion, Prof Kapur takes us through what the productive failure is, shares examples in which this theory is applied in teaching and learning design, and how educators can evaluate the effectiveness of strategies informed by the concept of productive failure.


This episode is chaired by Assoc Prof Lee Kooi Cheng, Deputy Director of the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL). 


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We hope you have enjoyed the podcast. In our next episode, we find out more about applying technology-enhanced learning (TEL) for effective online student engagement from Assoc Prof Loy Hui Chieh. This episode will be released in late June 2021.


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Prof Manu KAPUR is Professor and Chair of Learning Sciences and Higher Education at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and is leading The Future Learning Initiative at ETH Zurich. He brings his interdisciplinary training in mechanical engineering, statistics, educational technology, and the learning sciences to the study of human cognition and learning. Prof Manu is known for his breakthrough research on Productive Failure and has been awarded visiting professorships at top universities in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Prof Manu Kapur was NUSS Visiting Professor from 8 March to 2 May 2021.

Prof Manu can be reached at manukapur@ethz.ch. You can read more about his work on productive failure at https://lse.ethz.ch/research/productive-failure.html.


Charina Ong

Charina Ong obtained an M.A. degree in Learning and Teaching (MaLT) from De La Salle University-Manila; and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, major in Computer Applications (BSBA-CA) from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. She is also a certified Master Level Microsoft Office Specialist. She currently works as an Educational Technologist at NUS under Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning. Her main responsibility includes conducting workshops on e-learning that promotes teaching and learning, conceptualizing projects on e-learning, and researching on educational trends.