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Foundations of Teaching for Learning 6: Introduction to Student Assessment

At various points in the education cycle you will need to provide information which can be used to determine the extent to which your teaching is helping or has helped to achieve learning goals. This course prepares you to use assessment as part of the teaching and learning process.

About the Course

You will consider various techniques which help to assess student learning. The course also will help you to acquire the skills to develop and use appropriate assessment procedures. 

This course is part of the Foundations of Teaching for Learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future.
 

Announcement for US based teachers:

Coursera and its partners are proud to offer eligible teachers in the US free Verified Certificates for this course and other high-quality teacher professional development courses, through the ConnectED effort announced by President Obama.

To participate in this opportunity, US district leaders simply need to approve Coursera teacher professional development by completing a brief form at: www.coursera.org/tpd.

US Teachers interested in this opportunity are also encouraged to follow the link to learn more and www.coursera.org/tpd.

Once a district’s form has been verified, the district leader will be notified and teachers in the district will receive access to free verified certificates for Coursera professional development.

Coursera and the Commonwealth Education Trust thank educators for the hard work they do every day and hope this opportunity will assist US teachers to continue developing their craft in a meaningful and flexible way.

Course Syllabus

In this course you will consider:

  • concepts and types of assessment in teaching and learning: formal, informal, diagnostic, formative, and summative;
  • the nature of feedback in improving teaching and learning;
  • guidelines for developing and using assessment procedures; and
  • reporting student achievement.  

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

FAQ

  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

On the satisfactory completion of each course you will receive a statement of accomplishment related to the course. These courses form part of a Specialization and if you have enrolled for signature track and satisfactorily completed each of the eight courses in the Specialization you will be able to participate in the capstone project. On completion of the capstone project you will receive a verified Specialization certificate for the entire program. 

  • Is there any point in taking just one course out of the program?

Each course covers a different topic and can be taken separately though we would recommend that the introduction is taken first as it explains the techniques used and sets the scene for the other courses.  

Course at a Glance

 

Dates: 
Monday, 8 June, 2015 - 12:30