Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching

A free online course led by Dylan Wiliam and Christine Harrison, to help STEM teachers get to grips with Assessment for Learning.

About The Course

Assessment for Learning is a term that’s widely used in education, but applied in ways that are variable in their effectiveness. This free online course - designed for STEM teachers in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and further education (FE) colleges - will help you understand and use it more effectively.

Understand Assessment for Learning in theory and practice

Through this course, you’ll understand:

  • the theory and science behind effective Assessment for Learning;
  • how to use Assessment for Learning to elicit evidence about what’s going on in your learners’ minds;
  • how to use this evidence formatively with your learners in your laboratory and classroom;
  • how to write, judge and use the hinge questions that are central to Assessment for Learning in STEM.
Enjoy your teaching more

As the course progresses, you’ll be encouraged to try things out in your laboratory and classroom; actively reflect on what you discover in the process; and share your experience as part of the course discussions.

You’ll also be invited to read some of the scientific literature about Assessment for Learning. Your learners will gain as a result - and you’ll enjoy your teaching more.

Learn with Dylan Wiliam and Christine Harrison

This course has been developed by the Science Learning Network in partnership with the University of Leeds. It gives you the opportunity to learn with two leading experts in STEM education and assessment:

  • Dylan Wiliam: Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the Institute of Education and author of Embedded Formative Assessment;

  • Christine Harrison: Senior Lecturer in Science Education at King’s College London, Chair of the Association for Science Education, and former secondary school teacher.

This course will also give you the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation.

About the Science Learning Network

The national network of Science Learning Centres and Partnerships is a joint initiative by the Department for Education and the Wellcome Trust, run under the aegis of the White Rose University Consortium, which comprises Leeds, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, and York Universities.

Recommended Background

This course is designed for English-speaking teachers of STEM subjects in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and FE colleges. It’s also relevant to trainee teachers; teacher trainers; those thinking about a career in STEM teaching; and developers of STEM-related course materials. It is a CPD course for people who, in the main, have a degree level qualification, or who are in the process of obtaining one.