Introducing assessment for learning NE711
Develop your responsiveness as a teacher by assessing student understanding and taking formative action to improve learning.
Online course. Improve your responsiveness as a teacher and support all students learning and understanding in STEM subjects with assessment for learning approaches. In this fully supported, online CPD course you will develop your teaching skills to elicit student understanding through classroom assessment and consider how to take formative action to improve learning.
In this introductory course you will explore intentional dialogue and learn how to create hinge-point questions for STEM subjects, drawing upon leading experts and ideas shared by other teachers. You will engage with research informed classroom approaches that have been shown to improve student understanding and performance.
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“Contributing and reading others' contributions has allowed for time to reflect on current practice and where I need to make further adjustments to improve the teaching and learning environment for my students." - Participant feedback
Who is it for?
This course is for teachers, curriculum leaders, teaching assistants, newly qualified teachers, trainee teachers and others involved in teaching science, engineering, technology, computing or mathematics. It’s suitable for educators working at primary, secondary or further education (ages 5-19 years).
Departments and schools can use this course to structure their own CPD, with support from
local CPD providers.
What topics are covered?
This three week course covers:
- key principles of assessment for learning
- intentional dialogue as a form of evidence of students’ understanding
- hinge-point questions to respond to students’ learning
This course takes around three hours per week to complete. You can choose when and where to participate, studying around your work and life commitments. You are supported and encouraged to discuss your ideas with fellow teachers, try out activities, apply concepts to your teaching context and reflect on your practice. You will have access to high-quality resources, including classroom footage and guidance from experts in STEM education and assessment.
Who are the course leaders?
This course is led by international experts in assessment for learning, Dylan Wiliam and Chris Harrison, with experienced teacher and educational consultant Andrea Mapplebeck. Dedicated mentor support is available for five weeks from the start of each course instance. A recorded Q&A session with Andrea Mapplebeck is available in this course.
You will 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
- explain the key characteristics of a hinge-point question
- evaluate a range of practical ideas that can be used to elicit evidence from students
- collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to try out activities and share thinking in order to help shift practice
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This course is hosted on the FutureLearn social learning platform. In addition to STEM Learning Terms and Conditions, by booking on this course you are consenting to your details being shared with FutureLearn under their Terms and Conditions for Invited Learners. By accepting the National STEM Learning Centre’s invitation to register on this course on FutureLearn, you agree that your information will be held by FutureLearn and National STEM Learning Centre as data controllers in common.
The invitation to register on FutureLearn will be sent to you no later than the course start date.