Getting Started with ActiveLearn

Welcome to ActiveLearn. Let's get you started. 


Getting Into ActiveLearn

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Most people will have ActiveLearn accounts created for them by a member of their school's staff (teacher or administrator) and can simply log in.

You should only need to register for ActiveLearn if:

  • You are a teacher or administrator in a school or college, and you have bought an ActiveLearn product;
  • You are a teacher who has been sent your school's Institution code and asked to register yourself;
  • You are a student, parent or teacher who has bought your first ActiveLearn product independently.

    If you already have an ActiveLearn account, you do not need to register again. You can redeem your access code on the Library page.


Registering with an access code or institution code

If you have purchased an ActiveLearn subscription, you will recieve a Get Started email. This email will include either an institution code or an access code, which you can use to register a new account on ActiveLearn.

  • You may also get an email asking you to accept our Terms and Conditions, and you will need to complete this step to recieve your code.
  • School subscriptions generally provide institution codes (6-8 digits long), which are used for registering teachers with their school on ActiveLearn. These codes are not useful for students.
  • Students, private tutors, and independent learners will generally have an access code, which is used for registering a standalone account or adding a product to an existing account.


Help Video  Video guide: Registering your own teacher account


To register on ActiveLearn using a code:

  1. Go to You can also use the Register button on the ActiveLearn home page.



  2. Enter your Institution or Access code, and click Activate.



  3. You will then need to fill in your details, including name, desired username, email address, and password. Your password cannot contain your name or username, must be at least eight characters long, and should include at least one uppercase letter, a number, and a special character.



Teachers: Access to student details

If you are registering using an institution code, then after filling in your personal information, you have the opportunity to request access to student details from another, previously registered teacher in your school. This is a safeguard to ensure only trusted, genuine teachers are able to work with their school's subscriptions and accounts.

  • You will be able to use various teaching tools and resources without this approval, but will be unable to manage student or teacher accounts for your school.



The Request access to student details button will show a list of teachers in your school who are already cleared to access student data. Choose a teacher from this list, and they will get a notification to verify your status.


To complete your registration, review and accept the End user licence agreement, then click Register


You are now registered on ActiveLearn!

 You will receive an email confirming the login details that you entered.



Are you a student?

The rest of this article is written for teachers. If you are a student or independent learner, find out how you can use the Library and other parts of ActiveLearn.

Help for Students



Using ActiveLearn for Teaching

Now that you have an account on ActiveLearn, get to know the tools available to you. Visit the Teachers section to learn the basics, set up your students, and tour the various teaching, planning, and assessment tools available in ActiveLearn.


Help Guides for Teachers

The Library

The Library is the core of ActiveLearn. This is where you find and access all of the products you or your institution have purchased.

Within the Library, each product has a unique series page containing the relevant resources available to you, such as:

  • Teacher books & resources
  • Student books
  • Exercises
  • Student resources

Learn more about using the Library

Learn about Teaching with ActiveBooks



Homework Tasks & Reports

Some courses in ActiveLearn include online homework, called Tasks. 

Designed to help students improve their grasp of subject material, Tasks are built using the auto-marking exercises included with some products.

Learn about Tasks

ActiveLearn also provides a set of reporting tools to help teachers monitor students and track their progress across Tasks and self-improvement exercises.

Learn about Reports




ActiveLearn includes an online markbook feature. This lets teachers easily keep track of their students' progress and performance, and is currently available for numerous subjects and subscriptions.

Learn about Online Markbooks



Assessment Builder

ActiveLearn provides a tool for crafting custom classroom assessments from banks of questions provided by Pearson. Some courses are currently supported, with more to come in 2019 and 2020.

Learn about Assessment Builder




Interactive Schemes of Work

ActiveLearn includes a tool for creating your own schemes of work. The list of subjects is growing and currently include Maths, French, Spanish, History, and Science. 

Learn about Interactive Schemes of Work




Registering Your Students

Once you are familiar with the different parts of ActiveLearn, you may need to create accounts for your students. 

While students can register independently using access codes included with physical textbooks, they will need an account created by a teacher to access school-bought resources, such as books and online homework.

To set up your students with school ActiveLearn accounts, you need to upload some basic information about them, either individually or in bulk using a spreadsheet. During setup, you will need to provide some basic distinguishing details for each student, including first name, last name, and date of birth. Additional details, such as usernames, email addresses, custom passwords, school year, and student classes/groups can also be provided.  

Register your students on ActiveLearn

Organising your students

Organising your students and teachers into groups is an essential step for using homework tasks and markbooks.

  • A group can be any collection of students, from a single class to an entire year set, or whatever makes sense for you!
  • Students and teachers can be included in multiple groups at once. 
  • When a student is added to a group, their assessment scores can be tracked using online markbooks. They can also easily be given access to products and assigned homework tasks.
  • When a teacher is added to a group, they can use it to easily work with their students across ActiveLearn's various online features.

We highly recommend organising your students and teachers into corresponding groups when first getting started on ActiveLearn, though this may not be necessary for your school.

Learn about using groups

Giving your students access to products 

Many products on ActiveLearn require students to have access to online materials. Once you have registered your students and organised them into groups, the last step is to allocate products to them. This can be done from the Allocate Products section in the Admin area. Once you have allocated products to your students, they can start using their ActiveLearn courses!

Allocate products to your students



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