Packing up our things.

May 3, 2021

The Playful Journey Lab is packing up our things and heading into the sunset. By the end of this year, all of the journeyers will be continuing on to new adventures. Some of the team, and existing Playful Assessment work will continue at MIT in the STEP Lab/Education Arcade. A handful will continue on in […]

Seeking Teacher Co-designers for new AI & Ethics Curriculum

December 15, 2020

MIT is developing the first inclusive AI literacy curriculum for middle school. We want to make sure it supports a diversity of learners who have a range of interests, learning needs, and styles. We also want to prepare diverse students to be able to take control of AI technologies and become ethical designers and conscientious users. We are looking for educators who are interested in helping us create this curriculum!

And here’s to you, Sir Robinson

August 25, 2020

On the 21st of August, 2020, we lost author and educator, Sir Ken Robinson. One of the most extraordinary educators of our times. To celebrate his work which remains as relevant today as ever, we reflect on a few things he taught us about creativity, intelligence, and education.

Introducing Designing for Documentation & Assessment

July 20, 2020

We released the Beyond Rubrics toolkit in 2019 to build educators’ capacity for assessment and reflection while implementing hands-on making in their classrooms, makerspaces, and out-of-school time programs. Today we are releasing Designing for Documentation & Assessment, a series of activities to introduce educators to the principles and tools of the Beyond Rubrics toolkit.

A Showcase of Thoughts

March 5, 2020

“We organized a showcase of thoughts, of reflections, of the spirit of teamwork, of the grit to go ahead despite multiple failures and a celebration of mutual upliftment within teams.”

Our Learning Engineering Journey

January 7, 2020

The Playful Journey Lab, together with the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili), has a project which has been ramping up over the past semester, and which will make connections with many other research groups at MIT and beyond. It is called Project Blueprint, and it is meant to explore the practice of learning engineering and […]


February 26, 2019

The MIT Playful Journey Lab within the Office of Open Learning uses emerging technologies and a playful assessment approach to explore frontiers in lifelong, lifewide learning, and to support the development of future-ready skills.