YJ Kim

Assistant Professor


144D Teacher Education Building

225 N. Mills St.

Madison, WI 53706

Kim, Yoon Jeon


Yoon Jeon (YJ) Kim is an Assistant Professor of Design, Creative, and Informal Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UW–Madison. Before joining UW-Madison, she was the founder and director of MIT Playful Journey Lab where she led an interdisciplinary team of game designers, developers, and researchers to create playful assessment tools. Her work centers on the topic of innovative assessment and application of playful activity design to challenge what and how we are measuring learning. YJ’s playful assessment research ranges from a computer game using evidence-centered design and analytics techniques to paper-based embedded assessment tools for making. The core of her work is close collaboration with practitioners—empowering teachers to innovate around classroom assessment and use playful and authentic assessment tools that can truly impact student learning.

Select Publications

  • Ruipérez-Valiente, J. A., & Kim, Y. (2020). Effects of solo vs. collaborative play in a digital learning game on geometry: Results from a K12 experiment. Computers & Education
  • Kim, Y., Murai, Y., & Chang, S. (2020). Embedded Assessment Tools for Maker Classrooms: A Design-Based Research Approach. ICLS proceedings
  • Kim, Y., & Rosenheck, L. (2020). Reimagining Assessment Through Play: A Case Study of MetaRubric. Re-imagining University Assessment in a Digital World (pp. 263-276). Springer, Cham.
  • Ifenthaler, D., & Kim, Y. (2019). Game-based Assessment Revisited. Springer.
  • Kim, Y., & Ifenthaler, D. (2019). Game-based assessment: The past ten years and moving forward. Game-Based Assessment Revisited (pp. 3-11). Springer, Cham.
  • Kim, Y., Ruipérez-Valiente, J. A., Philip, T., Louisa, R., & Klopfer, E. (2019). Towards a process to integrate learning analytics and evidence-centered design for game-based assessment. Companion Proceedings of the 9th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference, 204-205.
  • DiCerbo, K., Shute, V. J., & Kim, Y. (2017). The future of assessment in technology-rich environments: Psychometric considerations. J. M. Spector, B. Lockee, & M. Childress (Eds.), Learning, design, and technology: An international compendium of theory, research, practice, and policy New York, NY: Springer.