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Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching

Get to grips with Assessment for Learning with one of three courses for teachers from the National STEM Learning Centre.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching

This course is part of the STEM Teaching program, which will enable you to develop your STEM teaching skills and enjoy your teaching more.

Why join the course?

Assessment for Learning (AfL) is a term that’s widely used in education, but applied in ways that are variable in their effectiveness. This free online course - designed for STEM teachers in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and further education colleges - will help you understand and use it more effectively.

Understand Assessment for Learning in theory and practice

Through this course, you’ll understand:

  • the theory and science behind effective Assessment for Learning;
  • how to use Assessment for Learning to elicit evidence about what’s going on in your learners’ minds;
  • how to use this evidence formatively with your learners in your laboratory and classroom;
  • and how to write, judge and use the hinge questions that are central to Assessment for Learning in STEM.

Enjoy your teaching more

As the course progresses, you’ll be encouraged to try things out in your laboratory and classroom; actively reflect on what you discover in the process; and share your experience as part of the course discussions.

You’ll also be invited to read some of the scientific literature about Assessment for Learning. Your learners will gain as a result - and you’ll enjoy your teaching more.

Learn with Dylan Wiliam, Christine Harrison and Andrea Mapplebeck

This course has been developed by the National STEM Learning Centre. It gives you the opportunity to learn with three leading experts in STEM education and assessment:

  • Dylan Wiliam: Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London and author of Embedded Formative Assessment;

  • Christine Harrison: Senior Lecturer in Science Education at King’s College London, past Chair of the Association for Science Education and former secondary school teacher;

  • Andrea Mapplebeck: Educational Consultant, Formative Education Ltd and former secondary school teacher.

Continue learning with the STEM Teaching program

This course is one of three in the STEM Teaching program - a suite of high-impact professional development from the National STEM Learning Centre. Completing the program will enable you to master different elements of STEM teaching and earn a FutureLearn Award as evidence of your continuing professional development (CPD).

About the National STEM Learning Centre

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. The Centre is a purpose-built, state of the art facility based at the University of York backed by an unrivalled team of experts in the fields of education and STEM.

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What topics will you cover?

Week 1: The main principles of Assessment for Learning

  • About Assessment for Learning

Week 2: Intentional dialogue

  • Teaching in a formative way
  • Digging deeper

Week 3: Hinge-point questions

  • Hinge-point questions - an overview
  • Hinge-point questions - the ‘nitty gritty’
  • Writing and critiquing hinge-point questions

Week 4: Questioning as a source of evidence

  • Kinds of evidence
  • Hinge-point questions revisited

Week 5: Acting on the evidence

  • Evidence from what learners say
  • Evidence from hinge-point questions
  • Finding out what your learners make of your use of questions

Week 6: Your formative classroom - evolving your practice

  • What your students think
  • What excellent formative practice involves
  • Vignettes to develop your own thinking

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Identify the main principles of Assessment for Learning
  • Assess some of the research literature about Assessment for Learning
  • Reflect on the role of intentional dialogue in supporting teaching in a formative way
  • Explain the key characteristics of a hinge-point question
  • Improve ability to create hinge-point questions through a peer review design and evaluation process
  • Contribute to a crowd-sourced repository of hinge-point questions
  • Collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to try out activities and share thinking in order to help shift practice
  • Evaluate a range of practical ideas that can be used to elicit evidence from students
  • Collect and analyse evidence from students on changes implemented in the classroom in order to critically reflect on own practice in order to prioritise next steps in own development

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for English-speaking teachers of STEM subjects in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and FE colleges. It’s also relevant to trainee teachers; teacher trainers; those thinking about a career in STEM teaching; and developers of STEM-related course materials.

It is a CPD course for people who, in the main, have a degree level qualification, or who are in the process of obtaining one.

Who will you learn with?

Chris Harrison

Senior lecturer in Science Education and Chair of the Association for Science Education 2014-2015. Lead UK Researcher on Assessment for Learning. Inquiry-based learning, professional learning.

Andrea Mapplebeck

Former physics teacher, now supporting educators to develop teaching. Commissioned by National STEM Learning Centre to work with Dylan Wiliam & Chris Harrison to design & support AfL & DfL courses

Dylan Wiliam

Former school teacher, academic, and university administrator, now working with teachers and leaders around the world to improve educational outcomes for young people.

Who developed the course?

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £39.00

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