There are many ways of using Macmillan English Campus, it all depends on your goals. There is no right or wrong way to use it but a well thought-out plan is a good way to ensure a successful implementation in your organization. We offer some tried and tested suggestions to manage and administer your English Campus site.
Before you start
When you first receive your English Campus site details, you will have access to over 5,000 resources and activities straight away. The next step is setting up the site so that your students, teachers and administrators will be able to log in and access the resources and tools you want them to. Here are the roles and areas in the English Campus to familiarize yourself with before you start using your site.
Students: Should be assigned to classes and courses and log in using personal login details. They complete the activities from the course that has been assigned to them. In a blended learning approach the course is linked to their face-to-face classes and serves as comprehensive study support. Students can also be sent individual activities by their teacher.
Teachers: Should be assigned to classes and also log in using personal login details. They monitor students’ progress by viewing their scores and assign additional materials when necessary. We offer free monthly online training for teachers.
Superadministrator/Administrators: The Superadministrator sees all data on your platform. This person will manage the users on your site by uploading them to the platform at the beginning of the course and organizing them into classes. They can also delete data when necessary. The Superadministrator may find it helpful to create other administrators to help manage the running of the site. It is possible to create administrators with limited permissions. You might, for example, want to create an administrator who can build courses and assign them to classes but can’t create and edit users. It is also useful to have an English Campus expert, someone who is the point of contact for teachers who need English Campus related help or tips. We offer free monthly online training for administrators.
Courses: To ensure that students are guided to material that is relevant to them, we recommend that each student is assigned to a course. On the English Campus, there are over 60 ready-to-use courses. Courses are activities grouped together so that your students can follow a cohesive syllabus. The ready-made courses have been carefully built by Macmillan English Campus. The selection of courses is made up of those built around Macmillan course books, as well as stand-alone courses such as CEFR or exam practice. Alternatively, as an administrator, you will also have the freedom to build your own courses from the content in the English Campus database to map to your own syllabus. Look out for Course building training sessions in the Events Calendar.
Teacher and student motivation
Your teachers are key in the role of implementing the English Campus in your institution. They will need to be briefed on exactly how you would like the English Campus to be used and also trained so they are comfortable using it. We provide teachers with constant support. On top of this we recommend:
- Including the English Campus in your teacher training days.
- Providing information and training for any teachers that join after your initial English Campus training. Teachers can also request to receive English Campus training updates by emailing us.
- Choosing one or two enthusiastic teachers to become English Campus experts and be the point of contact for the rest of the teaching staff.
- Making sure your teachers are signed up to receive content email updates, webinar and training invitations. The only way to sign up for these updates is to contact us, so please send us an email, stating which institution you are from and that you would like to receive English Campus updates.
- Highlighting the English Campus Methodology database to your teachers, which includes eight Macmillan ELT books.
- Showing teachers what they can access on the Support Centre in their English Campus.
Whilst your teachers can take part in our training sessions focused on how to use the English Campus, you will find your students also benefit from having an introductory session organised by you, the institution. There are support materials and guides available for you to share with your students in Campus inspiration. Teachers will need to show students how to move around your site, where they can find their courses and what the benefits are of using the English Campus. If there is internet access available, we recommend that the English Campus is introduced to the class at the beginning of their course.
There are many ways to tackle student motivation. Here are some suggestions:
- Assign students to a course to guide them through the materials.
- Use scores from the English Campus as part of their final grade.
- Ask teachers to view homework scores on a regular basis and comment on their students’ progress when necessary. Look at the activity scores area to see at a glance if homework was problematic and needs to be covered in class.
- Use the English Campus to send extra activities to students who need more practice or further challenges.
- Where possible, bring the English Campus into the classroom on a regular basis and link class work with English Campus homework/computer lab assignments.
Here is an online checklist that may be useful for you when setting up your site or adding a new user. If you prefer you can download a pdf version here.
Note: It is not obligatory to complete each step in the order below.
1. Create groups. This is optional for some institutions and mandatory for others, you can read about groups here.
2. Create users. You can read how to do this here.
3. Assign users to the correct groups.
4. Give users a start and end date.
5. Create classes. You can read how to do this here.
6. Assign courses to classes.
7. Assign classes to the correct groups.
8. Assign users to the correct classes.
9. Send login details to users (this can be done automatically if the email of the user is added when being set up and the ‘Email login details to the user’ box is checked).
10. Show students and teachers how to use the English Campus. Teacher training is available at free monthly online sessions.
11. Point your administrators and teachers in the direction of our Support Centre, which can be accessed from the Support Centre module on their English Campus homepage.
12. Send us the email addresses of your administrators and teachers to add to our mailing list. Please email us to do this.