What are courses on the English Campus?
A course is a series of activities that have been combined for your students to work through. A course is assigned to a class and then the students and teachers in that class have access to the course. Up to four different courses can be assigned to any one class.
This is what a course looks like to your students after it has been assigned to their class:
English Campus courses and activities are allocated levels. These range from Level 1 (Beginner) to Level 6 (Advanced).
To help you decide which level may be suitable for your students, there is a placement test built into the English Campus. Details about the placement test can be found in the Placement Test section of the Test Compiler guide.
To find out how to assign a course, read the section ‘Assigning a course’.
When you start using your English Campus, you will see there are over 60 pre-built courses available to use. You can also create your own courses; see the ‘Building a course’ section and look out for Course building training sessions.
The course structure
These are the different aspects that make up a course:
Title and description: This is the name of the course and a brief piece of information about the course. Courses also have an English Campus level from 1 (Beginner) to 6 (Advanced) to help you decide who the course is suitable for.
Units: Some but not all courses are split into units. This is useful if you have a larger course.
Syllabus items: As course books are divided into chapters, English Campus courses are divided into Syllabus items. Each Syllabus item contains activities for students to complete. Often Syllabus items are themed to cover different topics such as ‘Hobbies’, ‘Travel’ or ‘Business meetings’. In some larger courses, groups of Syllabus items are divided into Units, but this is optional.
Syllabus components: Different skills are covered in all of the Syllabus items and these skills are described in Syllabus components. For example, you may find that each Syllabus item has a Grammar component, a Listening component and a Vocabulary component. There will be activities in each Syllabus item that reflect each of the skills and these are described in Syllabus components. When you view a course as an administrator, you can filter which Syllabus component you see the description for. To do this, use the Filter section at the top of the Courses page.
Building a course
The course set-up page
As an administrator on the English Campus, you are able to create your own courses using the thousands of activities available on your platform.
To do this, log in and, on the homepage, click ‘Courses’.
This will take you to a list of the courses already on your platform. To begin building a new course, click on ‘Course set-up.’
You will have now entered the course building tool. The first section you will see is the ‘Edit course introduction’ tab. This is where you enter the basic information about your course. The next three sections of this guide explain the different stages in building a course.
Edit course introduction
Each new course you create will be given a unique Course ID. You cannot edit this, but you can choose a course title so that you can make it suitable for your institution.
Add a course description so that anyone who views your course can see a brief summary of what it is about.
Choose an audience for your course. You can set a level according to the English Campus system of 1 (Beginners) to 6 (Advanced). You can also select whether your course is for adults or teens.
Note: You can still add activities and assign the course to users of a different level/ age to your course’s audience. So, even if you set the level to 4, it could still be assigned to level 3 students. The level option is helpful if a teacher or administrator wishes to search for your course, they can use the Filter section on the Courses page to locate it.
It is important to set accurate activate and withdraw dates for your course because, outside of these dates, users will not be able to access the course, even if it has been assigned to them. This also means you can create a course in advance of your students needing to access it and that you can set a specific date for the course to end.
You can add your course to a group to help you manage your English Campus. If your institution is in restricted mode, you will have to assign the course to the groups you wish to see the course. If you are not in restricted mode, all of your administrators and teachers will be able to see your course once it has been published. Contact your Superadministrator if you are unsure whether your institution uses restricted mode.
Note: Groups are a management tool for your English Campus and they are not the same as classes. You can learn more about the difference between groups and classes and how they both work here.
Choose between 25 different images to give your course a specific icon that appears next to its title.
When you have completed all of the basic information about your course, click on the next tab, ‘Edit Syllabus Components’.
Edit Syllabus components
Syllabus components are the broad skills or language areas your students will cover in each Syllabus item within the course. For the example pictured below, each Syllabus item will consist of Vocabulary, Listening skills and Culture-based activities. At this stage you are just adding the titles of the Syllabus components, the descriptions per Syllabus item will come later.
To add a new Syllabus component to your course, click on ‘Add new’. This box will then appear where you can type the name of the new Syllabus component.
Give your Syllabus component a name.
If you do not wish for a component to be visible to students, select the check box next to ‘Invisible for students’.
When you have finished, click ‘Done’ and your new Syllabus component will appear in the list on the ‘Edit Syllabus Components’ tab.
When you have completed your list of Syllabus components, it is time to start adding the Syllabus items to your course. To do this, click on the next tab: ‘Edit Syllabus Items and Activities’.
Edit Syllabus items and activities
Syllabus items are the sections of your course the students will work through. Each Syllabus item will consist of a number of activities. You may wish to create Syllabus items that contain activities with a similar theme or topic.
If you wish to divide your course further and put Syllabus items into Units, you can do so but this is optional. Just select the number of units from the drop-down menu on the ‘Edit Syllabus Items and Activities’ tab.
To add a new Syllabus item, click on ‘Add new syllabus item’. This will open the Edit page for your new Syllabus item.
Give your Syllabus item a name and a description so that your teachers and students know what this section of the course covers.
The Syllabus components you have added will be listed here. You can write a description for each component to explain how it is covered in this Syllabus item. For example, in this Syllabus item, the Culture component is explored by looking at the weather in the UK.
Select where in your course you would like this Syllabus item to feature. Would you like it to be the first section your students complete or a subsequent section? If you have chosen to split your course into units, you will also be able to select which unit it appears in.
Use the ‘Add activities’ button to search for activities you wish your students to complete and to add them to your course.
Note: You will also see the ‘Add methodology units’ button. This is useful if your course is designed for teachers also wanting to improve their English. You can use this button to browse the Methodology Database and add teaching articles and reference materials to your course. If you do wish to create a course for teachers, they would have to use the English Campus in student mode in order to record their scores.
Use the ‘Add activities’ button to search for activities you wish to add to your course.
This takes you to the search area.
Note: The search area in course building is the same as the search you can access from elsewhere in the English Campus. However, you must access it through the course building tool in order to add an activity you find to a course.
Use the search tools to find the activities you wish to add to your Syllabus item. Then click the check boxes next to each activity you wish to add. For more information about using the search tools, please see the ‘Searching for activities’ section of the teacher Quick start guide.
When you have selected your activities, add them to your Syllabus item.
Click here when you are ready to return to your Syllabus item.
If you did not find what you are looking for or if you would like to find more activities, you can Search again.
When you have finished adding activities and have returned to your Syllabus item, you will see the activities listed below the basic Syllabus item information.
Your activities are listed underneath the basic information. You can rearrange the order the activities feature in your Syllabus item using the black arrows.
You can add more activities or methodology units.
When you have finished with this Syllabus item, click on ‘Done’. This will take you back to your list of Syllabus items for your course and you will see your new Syllabus item has been added.
Use the ‘Back to courselist’ button to return to the Courses page. You will now be able to see your course in the list.
Adapting a course
As well as creating your own courses, you can adapt the pre-built courses available on the English Campus. This means you can take one of the courses created by Macmillan and adjust it to suit your own needs.
First, select the course you wish to adapt from the Course management page, using the check boxes.
Click ‘Course set-up’, just as you would when building a course of your own.
This message will appear:
Select the ‘Do you want to adapt the selected course?’ option and click ‘OK’
You will be taken to the same course building tool you use when creating your own course (see: Building a course). However all of the information about the pre-built course and the activities and Syllabus items in that course will already be in place.
Use the course building tool to make changes to the course information and add or delete Syllabus items and activities as you require (see Building a course for information about how to do this). Don’t forget to the set the Activate Date for your adapted course, otherwise it will not be available for you to assign to your classes.
When you have finished, click ‘Save’ and ‘Back to courselist’ – as you would when building a course of your own from scratch.
You will be taken back to the Course management page. You will see the original course has not been changed, but your adapted version of the course has been added to the list of courses.
Viewing and editing your course
You can view all of your courses on the Courses page, which you can access by clicking on ‘Courses’ on your homepage. Below is a summary of what you can do on the Courses page.
See your course and the description you created.
It may be easier to use the search box to locate your course.
Use these options if you wish to edit your course again:
Lock the course so that it cannot be edited by other administrators.
Delete the course.
Add/ amend the course’s activate and withdraw dates. These are the dates the course will be available to those who have been assigned to it.
Edit the course, including the basic information, Syllabus items, Syllabus components and activities.
View the course.
Assigning a course
A course can be assigned to a class. There are several ways of doing this:
From the Courses page
Click on ‘Courses’ from the homepage.
Use the tick boxes to choose which course(s) you wish to assign to the class.
Note: A class can be assigned a maximum of four courses.
Scroll to the bottom of the Courses page, where you will see a box titled ‘Assign’.
Select the class you wish to assign the course to from the ‘Class’ drop-down menu.
Make sure the drop-down menu next to it says ‘Assign’ (you can remove a course from a class by changing this to ‘Remove’).
Click on the ‘Assign’ button at the bottom.
From the Classes page
Select ‘Classes’ from the Management box on your English Campus homepage. Then, use the tick boxes to select the class(es) you wish to assign the course to. Scroll down to the bottom and select your chosen course from the Assign box. Then click ‘Assign’.
When you create a class
Courses can be assigned to classes when the class is being created. For more information about creating a class and entering the Class set-up area, please read this guide.
Once assigned and active, the course will be available to the teachers and students in that class.