A shift in the mobile community Ive noticed this year at both mLearn08 and HandheldLearning08 has been more willingness to talk about the things that havent worked.
OK I know why we all rely on funding, funding is the river that defines the edges of our field of research and funders dont want to hear about failure.
We have a problem with failure, to finance project we need cash! and those that provide the money only seem to value projects that are successful.
Even projects that are successful have parts of the project that don’t work out and these are often swept under the carpet.
This is missing the point, in many cases we make greater advances by finding out what does not work. As to how we can convince the funders that failure is not bad is difficult and no I dont know what the solution is.