Skip to 0 minutes and 3 secondsWelcome to the six-week course on Assessment for Learning. We've designed a range of activities and some pre- and post-session ones as well. The aim is to help you engage with current understanding and experience of Assessment for Learning and move your ideas forward. We've designed the course to be flexible and that includes quizzes and tests to help you decide appropriate starting points. We'd also encourage you to try out some of the ideas in your own classroom and then take the opportunity to engage in online discussion with others.

Skip to 0 minutes and 36 secondsBefore the course gets properly underway, we'd like you to introduce yourself and to describe the kind of educational establishment you teach in, the main subject and the age range that you teach, your previous experience of Assessment for Learning, and what you hope to get out of the course. Chris and I very much hope that this course proves to be useful and enjoyable and that overall it helps you get fully to grips with Assessment for Learning.

Welcome to the course

This video introduces you to Dylan Wiliam and Chris Harrison, the lead educators for the course.

Who will support your learning?

You can access the FutureLearn profiles of the Course Team supporting your learning from the links below. You can also choose to ‘Follow’ them.

Educators and Mentors

Dylan Wiliam Chris Harrison
Andrea Mapplebeck Gill Gunnill
Jane Winter Yeasmin Mortuza
Sarah Dagnell Mary Howell
Karen Hornby Karen Brunyee


Most of our Hosts join us as volunteer “peer-mentors” who responded to an invitation at the end of the last run of the course to assist with the next run. It is first time we have tried this so please be gentle with them!

Paul Browning Matt Cornock
Sue Lemmer Eva Hartell
Kate Brandwood Mark Brisbane
Ruben Mazzei Manette Carroll
Bev Fiddler  

What is your motivation for joining this course?

Many of you have already introduced yourselves.

Click on the ‘comments’ icon at the bottom of this page and spend a few minutes introducing yourself - if you haven’t already - and finding out more about your fellow learners.

In particular, assuming you are a teacher, describe the kind of educational establishment you teach in, the main subject and the age range that you teach, your previous experience of assessment for learning, and what you hope to get out of the course.

Please remember both here and throughout the course that you should avoid personally identifying your pupils or other individuals in your comments.

Connecting with other learners

You can make connections with other learners by clicking on the ‘Follow’ button. If you click the person’s name, you can see their profile. It’s important that you fill out your own profile so other learners can find you and you can learn from one another.

If you are doing this course with colleagues from your school or cluster of schools, we would encourage you to follow each other. Then you’ll easily be able to see comments from the people you know.

New to online learning?

If you need any technical support use the Support button that is always visible at the bottom right of your screen to report a problem. If you get really stuck with any part of the course or content you can post a question in the discussion area near the end of Week 1.

What’s next?

Throughout the course the educators have provided links to resources and websites that contain valuable supplementary information. While we strive to only highlight links to useful and ethical websites, we have no control over the content and nature of these sites; by including these links we do not imply a recommendation for all the content included.

You will find a course map [PDF] and selected other course resources on this STEM Learning site page.

At the bottom of this page you will see a link to a transcript in English of the video [PDF]) which provides a handy overview of the structure of this course; you may wish to print this and other resources to annotate as the course unfolds.

When you are ready click the ‘Mark as complete’ button below and then select ‘Next’ to get started on Week 1.

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Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching

National STEM Learning Centre

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join: