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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Week one has provided the background, setting, and purpose behind AFL. Week two, we’ll begin the journey helping you to improve the way you question learners to tap into their thinking, to create and design questions that probe and reveal understanding, to strengthen the feedback from learners that you elicit so you can make better decisions about next steps, and so you can also anticipate how students might respond to questions so that you can plan how to use the evidence that this process generates. Some people call this process data-driven decision-making. But it seems to us that this is better thought of as a process of decision-driven data collection.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds After all, there’s not much point in collecting information from your students unless you know what to do with it. This is why multiple choice format can be so helpful in formative assessment. When you think about a multiple choice question, you will tend also to think about how to use the data that the question will produce, as well as about the underlying science. And with a multiple choice question, it is much easier to make sense of the responses of a large group of students.

Skip to 1 minute and 9 seconds Now, at the risk of stating the obvious, the more you are able to put time into the activities of the course, including the work between weeks, and the more you could engage in discussion with other course participants, then the more difference this course will make to your practise as a teacher. Finally, I’d like to let you know that halfway through the course there will be a live session during which we will respond to a selection of questions that have occurred to you over the preceding weeks.

Skip to 1 minute and 37 seconds You will find that jotting these down as they occur to you on the document you can download from this page or somewhere else convenient to you will itself help concentrate your mind on the course. We’ll explain how to submit your questions nearer the time.

Concluding Week 1 of the course

In this video, Dylan Wiliam draws Week 1 to a close, and summarises the main focus of Week 2, which will be on ‘intentional dialogue’.

Dylan suggests you think of questioning as being part of a process of decision-driven data-collection: that is, questioning that has been designed to elicit information that you will be ready to use once you get it.

Dylan also refers to the Questions and comments grid [DOCX] [PDF]. We encourage you to use this, particularly in the early stages of the course, to record questions and comments for Dylan and Chris. Later in the course you will have an opportunity to submit these for consideration.

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