Documenting and Assessing Learning in Informal and Media-Rich Environments: A Report to the MacArthur Foundation

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Resource Type:
Report | Research Products | Literature Review | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Public Programs, Exhibitions
Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
General STEM | Nature of science
University of California, San Diego, SRI International

This report summarizes an extensive review of the literature on assessment of learning in such informal settings as after-school programs, museums and science centers, community-based organizations, and online communities. In addition, we convened three expert meetings involving a total of 25 participants to discuss key issues, identify successful approaches and outstanding challenges, and review summaries of prior meetings in the series. Our aim is twofold: first, to offer to those who design and assess informal learning programs a model of good assessment practice, a toolkit of methods and approaches, and pointers to the relevant literature; and second, to offer to the Foundation and other supporters and funders of projects recommendations concerning good practice in project assessment and identifiable needs for developing improved assessment techniques.

Team Members

Jay LemkeJay LemkeAuthor
Robert LecusayRobert LecusayAuthor
Mike ColeMike ColeAuthor

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