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Fail Better: Toward a Taxonomy of E-Learning Error

Journal of Educational Computing Research Volume 43, Number 3, ISSN 0735-6331


The study of student error, important across many fields of educational research, has begun to attract interest in the field of e-learning, particularly in relation to usability. However, it remains unclear when errors should be avoided (as usability failures) or embraced (as learning opportunities). Many domains have benefited from taxonomies of error; a taxonomy of e-learning error would help guide much-needed empirical inquiry from scholars. Drawing on work from several disciplines, this article proposes a preliminary taxonomy of three categories: learning task mistakes, general support mistakes, and technology support mistakes. Suggestions are made for the taxonomy's use and validation. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)


Priem, J. (2010). Fail Better: Toward a Taxonomy of E-Learning Error. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 43(3), 377-397. Retrieved March 29, 2020 from .

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