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National STEM Learning Centre

Volunteering in the Classroom: Feedback, Reviewing and Improving STEM Activities

National STEM Learning Centre via FutureLearn


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.

Improve your classroom experience by using feedback strategies

This course will help you understand how to use the feedback tools you learn about to deliver more effective STEM in schools. The different types of classroom feedback covered will teach you how to:

  • Evaluate the impact of your STEM activities.
  • Improve STEM activities through self-reflection.
  • Collaborate with people and organisations who can help you improve your STEM learning activities.
  • Continue your personal development and work towards your personal goals.

Master the art of effective feedback strategies, designed for those volunteering with young people.

After completing the training, you’ll know how to engage with and inspire young people to get involved with STEM in school, as well as how to work better with educators and be on track to achieve your own professional development goals.

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:

  • Resourcing and diversity
  • Planning activities
  • Communication skills

This course is not designed for teachers. Please see other courses from STEM Learning for teacher professional development in STEM subjects.

Taught by

Angela Rust


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