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

Welcome to Assessment for Learning in STEM teaching, from the National STEM Learning Centre.

Learners do not always learn what we teach. That is why the most important assessment does not happen at the end of learning, it happens during the learning, when there is still time to do something with what you find out.

On this course you will explore effective assessment for learning and how to elicit evidence about what’s going on in your learners’ minds. In the video above Dylan Wiliam and Chris Harrison, course Educators and experts in assessment for learning, welcome you to the course.

To get the most out of this course we emphasise the value of:

  • Collaborating with peers, both in your workplace and with other learners online, to take the ideas from this course into practice.
  • Experimenting, with a view to adapting methods to your own classroom or lab settings.

Course support

The course team will be supporting you between 29 January - 23 March 2018 in the discussions throughout the course. There is also a question and answer opportunity coming up, post your questions to step 4.2 before 19 February.

After the supported period, please feel free to continue commenting and sharing ideas with other learners. You can also participate in STEM Groups to keep discussions going beyond the course and ask other teachers for ideas and support, find out more in step 6.15.

You can access the profiles of the course team using the links below. You can also choose to ‘Follow’ them to keep up to date with their contributions.


Dylan Wiliam Chris Harrison
Andrea Mapplebeck  

You will also have the opportunity to ask the Educators your detailed questions as part of the Question and Answer (Q&A) sessions on 19 February and 19 March. Post your questions for the first Q&A on step 4.2.


Jane Winter Yeasmin Mortuza

Jane and Yeasmin will be recording three video diaries during the course, highlighting key points and sharing their take on your discussions. We’ll upload their video diaries to the end of Week 2, Week 5 and Week 6 as the course progresses.


Matt Cornock is the Online CPD Coordinator at the National STEM Learning Centre and will help with technical issues. Our other Hosts are volunteer “peer-mentors” who have previously taken this course and are able to share their insights as former learners.

Sue Lemmer Eva Hartell
Bev Fiddler Manette Carroll

If you’re new to online learning, or new to FutureLearn, you may find the How it works guide helpful. The Crowdsourced Guide to Learning and Six tips and tools for social learning on FutureLearn may also be of interest.

Technical support

If you need any technical support use the Support button that should always visible at the bottom right of your screen to report a problem or email feedback@futurelearn.com. If you wish to get in touch with the National STEM Learning Centre about this course please contact onlinecpd@stem.org.uk.

What is your motivation for joining this course?

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.

Mark complete

When you complete a step on the course, click Mark as Complete at the bottom right. This helps you keep track of your progress. Mark over 90% of the course steps complete and you’ll be eligible for a Certificate of Achievement when you Upgrade.

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Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching

National STEM Learning Centre

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