Online course in Teaching

Introducing Assessment for Learning

Develop your responsiveness as a teacher by learning how to assess student understanding and tailor lessons to enhance learning.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Use assessment for learning to better support your students in the classroom

On this course, you’ll be guided by leading experts in assessment for learning to discover how to gauge your students’ understanding, so that you can better progress their learning.

You’ll learn how to create a classroom culture that allows difficult ideas to surface so that you can better understand student misconceptions and tailor your teaching accordingly.

You’ll consider the key principles of assessment for learning, before examining two approaches in more detail.

What topics will you cover?

  • Key principles of assessment for learning
  • Intentional dialogue as a form of evidence of students’ understanding
  • Hinge-point questions to respond to students’ learning

Introducing Assessment for Learning provides the starting point for your professional development, from which our subsequent courses will build:

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the main principles of assessment for learning
  • Reflect on the role of intentional dialogue in supporting teaching in a formative way
  • Develop your use of hinge-point questions to elicit evidence from students
  • Collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to try out activities and share thinking, in order to develop your teaching practice

Who is the course for?

This course would suit teachers, curriculum leaders, teaching assistants, newly qualified teachers, trainee teachers and others involved in the education of young people.

Who will you learn with?

Andrea  Mapplebeck

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

Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison

Reader in Science Education and Chair of ASE 2014-2015. Lead UK Researcher on Assessment for Learning. Research interests in Inquiry-learning, professional learning and CPD.

Dylan Wiliam

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?

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.

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