Courses and activities
What is a course 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 by an administrator and then the students and teachers in that class have access to the course.
This is what a course looks like to you, the teacher, once it has been assigned to your class:
You can also see a full list of courses available on the English Campus. To do this, click on ‘All courses’, under the ‘Search’ tab.
You will then see a list of all the courses available on your English Campus.
Note: If you can only see a small selection of courses, rather than the full list, it might be because your institution is using restricted access. Restricted access means you will only be able to see the courses assigned to a group you are in. If you are unsure about restricted access, please contact your institution’s Superadministrator or your Macmillan Education representative.
The course structure
These are the different aspects that make up a course:
Title and level: This is the name of the course and level of student it is suitable for. English Campus levels range from 1 (Beginner) to 6 (Advanced) to help you decide which course is right for your class.
Units and Syllabus items: Some but not all courses are split into units (indicated here as Unit 1). This is useful if you have a larger course. Within a unit, or as standalone elements of the course, you will find Syllabus Items. In this example, the Syllabus items for Unit 1 are ‘Hello’, ‘Hello again’. ‘What do you do?’, ‘In the classroom’ and ‘Review’. 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.
Activities: 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’. The activities within a Syllabus Item are represented here by gold circles. Hover over a circle to see the activity name. You can also see a list of the activities in a Syllabus item and the activity titles by clicking on the black arrow next to a Syllabus Item name, as shown by 4.
An alternative view of activities.
Activities on the English Campus
Activities are resources completed by students on the English Campus. They can be part of a course or test. They can also be found individually and completed as practice resources. For information about searching for and saving individual resources, please read the ‘Searching for activities’ and ‘Saving activities as bookmarks’ sections of the Quick start teacher guide.
English Campus 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.
There are several different activity types available on the English Campus (as well as some Exam-specific activities). Here is a list of available activity types you can search for on the English Campus, as listed in the Quick Search:
|Culture Activity||Listening Activity||Sample Essay|
|Game||News Item||Speaking Activity|
|Grammar Reference Unit||Practice Test||Vocabulary Activity|
|Integrated Skills Activity||Pronunciation Activity||Web Project|
|Language Exercise||Reading Activity||Writing Activity|
When a student completes an activity, their scores are recorded in their student scores area. Scores will show as a percentage, except for Games, Grammar Reference Units, News Items that have been viewed but the activity not completed, Sample Essays and Web Projects; these show as ‘Viewed’. More information about viewing progress and scores can be found in the Quick start teacher guide.
For most activities, the scores are generated automatically, but for teacher-marked activities, such as Writing Activities and Speaking Activities, students will not see their scores until you have marked their answers. The next section explains teacher-marked activities and how students receive their scores.
What are teacher-marked activities?
Teacher-marked activities are Writing Activities and Speaking Activities. They differ from other activities on the English Campus because teachers are required to manually mark students’ answers before students can see their scores. This allows you to have greater control over the complex assessment process for productive skills.
Students open Writing Activities in the same exercise player as other activities on the English Campus.
The first screen might include instructions and a reading text or audio clip for reference.
As they work through a Writing Activity, students are asked questions and are instructed to write their answers in the boxes provided.
For Speaking Activities, students read instructions or watch a video where they are asked a question.
Clicking on the microphone opens an audio box. Students record their answers. They can play their answers back before submitting them.
How do you mark teacher-marked activities?
If you log in to your English Campus and see a flashing ‘Grading/Marking’ button in the My Classes box on your homepage, it means you need to mark a completed teacher-marked activity; a Writing or Speaking Activity.
A new window appears when you click on ‘Grading/Marking’ from your My Classes box. You can see a list of your students’ completed activities available for marking.
Click on this icon to open the activities in the Grading/Marking View and begin marking.
Work through the Writing Activity using the ‘Previous’ and ‘Forward’ buttons at the bottom of the Grading/Marking View and give each section a score. Don’t forget to click ‘Save’ for each score you give.
Click on ‘Tools’ at the top of the Grading/Marking View to open a toolbox. Use the tools to add additional feedback and annotate your students’ answers.
If you would like to add a comment, click on the yellow ‘Notes’ icon in the toolbox. A comment box will appear for you to type in.
Click on the microphone to listen to the students’ answers. Note: The microphone may appear underneath the ‘Score for this part’ box (3). Click and drag the box from the blue bar to see the microphone.
Listen to the students’ answers and record your own feedback.
Work through the Speaking Activity using the ‘Previous’ and ‘Forward’ buttons at the bottom of the Grading/Marking View and give each section a score . Don’t forget to click ‘Save’ for each score you give.
When you have finished grading each section of the teacher-marked activity, click ‘Submit’ in the bottom right of the Grading/Marking View. The following box will appear to confirm you would like to submit the scores to the student:
Click on ‘Ok’ to submit the scores. Each student’s score will then be available to them, in their My Studies box, when they next log in to the English Campus.
How do students see their scores for teacher-marked activities?
Students can only see their scores for teacher-marked activities (Speaking or Writing Activities) once you have marked their answers. Between students completing a teacher-marked resource and receiving their scores, they will see ‘Being graded/marked’ next to the resource name, like this:
Once you have marked the activities, students can see the scores from their Home page. A flashing ‘Grading/Marking’ button will be visible when the students log in.
When students click on the ‘Grading/Marking’ button, another window will appear showing the score. It will say ‘To be graded/marked’ if teachers have not yet marked the work.
Clicking on the the ‘View’ button, under Action opens an answer view and students can see their scores for each section of the teacher-marked activities as well as your comments.
If the student is viewing their answers for a Speaking Activity, they can listen to your feedback too. If you have recorded feedback for your students, the microphone will be yellow in the Answer View.
Students click on the microphone to listen to your feedback and their original answer.
Once students have viewed the scores and your comments from the My Studies box, the ‘Grading/Marking’ button will no longer be visible. However, they will still be able to see their scores from either their Course Overview (if the activity was part of their course) or Practice scores page (if the activity was completed as additional practice).
A guide for students about completing teacher-marked activities can be found under the ‘For students’ heading in the Campus inspiration section of the Support Centre.