Online course

Inspiring Young People In STEM: Using Feedback to Improve

Learn how to obtain and use feedback to help you improve your volunteering and STEM activities with young people.

Inspiring Young People In STEM: Using Feedback to Improve

This course is part of the Inspiring Young People In STEM program, which will enable you to inspire a love of science, technology, engineering and maths in young people.

Understand how to use feedback to improve your STEM activities

Responding to feedback is a crucial part of volunteering with young people, it can quickly help you understand how effective you are and show you what you need to change to improve.

On this course you will learn how to use different tools to get immediate feedback during STEM activities. You will also reflect on and explore further ways to improve your ability to work with educators and inspire young people about STEM subjects. Through reflecting on feedback you’ll consider links with your personal and professional development.

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What topics will you cover?

This two-week, self-paced course will develop the way you collect and respond to feedback when volunteering with young people. It will cover:

  • The need for gathering feedback, including relating to organisational objectives and corporate social responsibility.
  • Strategies and tools for immediate feedback during STEM activities with young people.
  • Strategies and tools for gathering feedback from others to inform self-reflection.
  • Using feedback to reflect on your own practice and modify if necessary for subsequent activities.
  • How feedback and reflection contribute to programme evaluation.

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
    This course started 5 November 2018

What will you achieve?

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

  • Collect immediate feedback about practical STEM Activities using different tools with groups of young people.
  • Reflect on feedback to improve presentation skills with young people and the effectiveness of a STEM Activity.
  • Contribute towards employer and programme evaluation of STEM volunteering activities.
  • Identify further opportunities for professional development and skills development relating to volunteering and inspiring young people in STEM subjects.

Who is the course for?

This course has been created for anyone volunteering with young people in STEM. This includes STEM Ambassadors in the UK, youth volunteering group organisers, field trip educators, scout groups (and similar), outdoor pursuit centres, outreach from NGOs. You will need knowledge of STEM subjects or experience of working in a STEM environment.

To get the most out of this course, learners should complete the associated three courses in this program beforehand:

Who developed the course?

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.

STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from all STEM disciplines and backgrounds including engineers, designers, architects, scientists and technicians.

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