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|Title:||Making the Invisible Visible: A New Method for Capturing Student Development in Makerspaces|
|Authors:||Davis, Richard Lee|
|Publisher:||Philadelphia, PA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.|
|Citation:||Davis, R. L., Schneider, B., & Blikstein, P. (2017). Making the Invisible Visible: A New Method for Capturing Student Development in Makerspaces In Smith, B. K., Borge, M., Mercier, E., and Lim, K. Y. (Eds.). (2017). Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2017, Volume 1. Philadelphia, PA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.|
|Abstract:||The contribution of this paper is twofold: we introduce a new kind of assessment developed to capture students’ learning in makerspaces, and we present a new perspective on how participating in a maker workshop impacts students. As opposed to traditional pen and paper tests, we designed a series of hands-on task that participants complete before and after a maker workshop. In this paper, we contrast high-school students’ performance with experts (graduate students in mechanical engineering) and found evidence that the students’ behavior became more similar to experts’ after participating in a maker workshop. For the scope of this paper, we focus on a single task and describe in detail our coding scheme and analyses. Additionally, we show how a combination of qualitative and computational analysis helped us develop metrics to compare novices’ and experts’ performances. We conclude by discussing the potential of this type of assessment for supporting students’ learning in makerspaces. \|
|Appears in Collections:||CSCL 2017|
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