Download and print out the Learning Tool, grab some chart paper, and watch these brief videos before reading through the activity.
Those of us who design and facilitate maker-based learning experiences often have a difficult time talking about the learning in those experiences. We might see learners building cool things or working with neat tools, but we often do not have the language or perspective to describe or measure the learning taking place. The goal of this activity is to enable participants to create an evidence-centered framework for learning related to at least one maker-based activity.
The Learning Tool focuses on the evidence of learning an organization hopes to design to support and see when a learner engages in a maker activity. This is based on Evidence-Centered Design, which is an approach to designing assessments that puts the evidence of learning as the central facet of the learning (and assessment) design.
This approach is meant to encourage two aspects of design:
Check out http://makingandlearning.org/ for examples of evidence-based frameworks for maker-based learning.