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Understand how to use feedback to improve your STEM activities

Discover the key feedback tools to use when introducing science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) in schools and find out how classroom feedback can improve your STEM activities.

If you want to deliver effective STEM activities in schools, you need to respond and implement feedback effectively. This course focuses specifically on how to do this when teaching or leading STEM-based learning.

Incorporate different types of feedback in the classroom

As a school volunteer, it can be really valuable to get feedback from young people as well as feedback from educators.

That’s why this course introduces you to the different types of classroom feedback as well as giving practical feedback tools to use when teaching STEM in schools.

You can use the tools taught on this course with students, teachers, group leaders, and other educators to assess how effective you are during STEM activities and improve your existing skills.

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.

This course has been created for anyone volunteering with young people in STEM. You may be part of a formal volunteering scheme and known as a STEM champion or STEM ambassador, or you may be a youth volunteering group organiser, field trip educator, working with 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 beforehand:

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.