Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWelcome to this five week course on Differentiating for Learning. We've designed a range of activities, and some pre and post session ones as well, with the aim of helping you engage with our current understanding experience of Differentiating for Learning. So that you can develop your ideas and practise. We've designed the course to be flexible and included a range of activities to influence and challenge your thinking. And provide examples demonstrating a range of classrooms. We'd also encourage you to try 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 43 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 Differentiating 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 to grips with Differentiating 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 staff supporting your learning from the links below. You can also choose to ‘Follow’ them:

Dylan Wiliam Chris Harrison
Andrea Mapplebeck Michael Anderson
Karen Brunyee Gill Gunnill
Tanya Shields Paul Browning

Our heroic teachers

Our heroic teachers

You will be properly introduced to the teachers from Filton Avenue Primary School and Orchard School Bristol as the course unfolds. For now the course team would just like to get in their grateful thanks early! If these brave teachers hadn’t been up for letting a camera crew into their classrooms then this course could not have been created.

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 differentiation, 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.

New to online learning?

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

If you need any technical support, use the feedback button to report a problem (the ‘?’ that is always visible at the bottom right of your screen). If you get really stuck with any part of the course or content you can post a question in the discussion area in the final step 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.

Video transcripts

On every video step you will find both a ‘View transcript’ link near the top of the page and a transcript in English of the video [PDF] in the ‘Downloads’ links at the bottom of the page.

Course map

Course map

Here are links to a course map [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.

One convention we use on this course is to highlight a task or tasks for you to do by the vertical line in the left-margin - like the one against this paragraph. So - here’s another task for you; 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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