How to set up Courses, Classes and Lessons

The Courses menu in Arbor will show a list of all the courses the school has created for the academic year selected.  

You can review or create new courses by selecting School > Programmes > relevant academic year Courses

To create a new course select '+ Add' from the top right-hand side of the page.  

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Input the course name, faculty lead and academic lead if appropriate.

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 You can also click a course to access the Course Overview.

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In this section of the overview the basic details of the course can be edited; name, academic year, component of, faculty, subject and year group. To edit, click on the relevant box. 

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Component of: If you would like the course you are creating to sit within another course as a class or submodule, you can select the parent module of the course you are creating using the 'component of' field. Eg. 'English Year 7' may be a component of the Subject 'English'.  In Arbor, the course within the parent course is referred to as a 'module'.

Note: The drop-down options within here will be blank unless you create a course for the parent course also.

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You can decide whether you want attendance to be taken for this course within the 'Take attendance' field.  The options within here reflect the available marks for the attendance of this course. eg. selecting 'Lesson attendance UK DfE' will give you the DfE attendance mark options when taking the register for this class.

If you do not wish to take attendance for this course, you can select 'Do not take attendance'.

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Academic Leads

You can add in the academic lead of your course by clicking '+Add' within the Academic Lead box.  Select the tutor and the dates for which they are the academic lead for this course.  

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Note: If you are building up a more complicated timetable with 'modules' sitting within 'courses', you may, for example, have a head of a department as an academic lead of a parent course and have specific teachers entered as academic leads for the modules (classes) within these.

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Modules

This is where sub-courses can be added within the same course. An example would be Course (English) and modules a specific year group or class (English Year 7). When creating a module within the course the overview of that specific module will load.  

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Classes and Lessons

Here, you can build up your timetabled lessons.  Choose '+Add'.  

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Choose 'Schedule Multiple Lessons' to have a repeated lesson created for every week. Choose 'Schedule Single Lesson' to create one lesson to never be repeated. 

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Continue to select the day(s) of the week for the scheduled lesson, the start time, end time, relevant dates that the lesson will run between, location and staff member if appropriate.

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Enrolled Students 

This section will show a list of students enrolled in the specific course, to add students choose '+Add'.

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To add individual students click on 'Enrol student(s)' and choose students from the slide over (multiple students can be selected in one go here). To add an entire year group/reg form etc click on 'Setup automatic enrolments' and choose the group.

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Linked Curriculums

In this section assessments already setup on Arbor can be linked to the courses.

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To link them select the '+Add', choose the assessment and link.

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Assessment Characteristics

Determines whether this course in itself should be assessable. This is used, for example, when ad hoc assessments are issued on a per course basis. When a course is marked as assessable, all its modules are automatically accessible as well, so it is usually only necessary to mark top level courses as assessable.  

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