Beyond Rubrics: Embedded Assessment in Maker Classrooms

Research Overview

Partnering up with Maker Ed as well as with the educators from Corte Madera School, CA, and Community Middle Charter School, VA, we explored the question “what does embedded assessment in maker classrooms look like?” Through a series of design workshops and trials in classrooms and afterschool programs, we designed Beyond Rubrics Toolkit.

Project Members

  • Yoon Jeon (YJ) Kim – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Executive Director, Research)
  • Yumiko Murai – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Research)
  • Stephanie Chang – Maker Ed (Partner Relations, Research)
  • Louisa Rosenheck – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Design & Development)
  • Peter Kirschmann – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Design & Development)
  • Emily Martin – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Design & Development)
  • Justin Reich – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Supervisor)

Papers and Presentations

Murai, Y., Kim, Y. J., Chang, S., & Reich, J. (2022). Principles of Assessment in School-Based Making. Learning: Research and practice.

Kim, Y., Murai, Y., & Chang, S. (2021). Implementation of embedded assessment in maker classrooms: Challenges and opportunitiesInformation and Learning Sciences.

Kim, Y. J., Murai, Y., & Chang, S. (2020). Embedded assessment tools for maker classrooms: A design-based research approach. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.). (2020). The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 3. Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences. 1421-1428.

Murai, Y., Kim, Y. J., Chang, S., Martin, E., Rosenheck, L., & Kirschmann, P. (2020, April). How do you know they are learning?: Perspectives of maker educators on assessment [Paper session]. Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, United States. (Conference canceled)

Kim, Y. J., Murai, Y., Kirschmann, P., and Rosenheck, P. (2019, November). Embedding Assessment in Hands-On Learning: What We Learned from Students and Teachers from Boston to Bangalore. Blog post shared on Next Generation Learning Challenges.

Kim, Y. J., Murai, Y., Chang, S., & Reich, J. (2019, October) What maker assessment should look like: A closer look at the design process. Poster presented at Connected Learning Summit 2019, Irvine, CA.

Murai, Y., Kim, Y., Martin, E., Kirschmann, P., Rosenheck, L., & Reich, J. (2019). Embedding assessment in school-based making: Preliminary explorations of principles for embedded assessment in maker learning. In FabLearn ’19: Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference on Creativity and Fabrication in Education. New York, NY: ACM.


National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1723450 (Co-PIs: Justin Reich & Yoon Jeon Kim)