Yorio, K. (2018). “MIT Developing Assessments To Quantify Makerspace Educational Value.” School Library Journal. Retrieved from https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=mit-developing-assessments-quantify-makerspace-educational-value
Describes an education initiative between MIT, MakerEd, and various school districts on East and West Coasts to develop and research the efficacy of assessments for Makerspaces and Makerspace projects/learning in K-12 schools. The idea is that makerspaces will be a better educational tool when student learning outcomes are assessed (and that there will be more buy in from teachers, parents, and other educational stakeholders), but that current traditional forms of assessment do a poor job of providing an accurate picture of non-traditional makerspaces impact on student learning. See also the iniative’s website, https://tsl.mit.edu/projects/beyond-rubrics/, for other similar projects and publications on non-traditional educational theory and practices.
I thought this was a really interesting concept, given the fact that makerspaces are an increasingly embraced educational trend, and that traditionally educational administrators and executives seem to value data – particularly quantitative date – as a means of evaluating programs above all else. I would be really interested in seeing what assessments MIT comes up with, what they look like, what they seek to quantify, and how hard or not they are to implement.