Writer’s Help is a powerful online tool already enabled within your Canvas course. It provides support for all student writers; for very low to highly skilled, ESL, and for writers with varying learning styles and/or disabilities. The Google-like search feature makes the software easy to use, but returns more targeted help than searching the internet alone.
NOTE: You might consider using Criterion along with Writer’s Help.Criterion is a different, but complementary learning tool that also supports the development of better writing.
Writer's Help Features
Some of the features that make this software so powerful include:
- Table of Relevant Contents - it’s easy to skim topics and assign what is most needed for your learners. Topics include:
- Critical Reading
- Arguable Claims
- Topic, Purpose, and Audience
- Reasoning and Logical Fallacies
- Evaluating, Integrating, and Acknowledging Sources (APA and MLA)
- Active and Passive Voice
- Prepositions for Multilingual Writers
- And many more!
- Intuitive Search – unlike using Google, the search in Writer’s Help provides a better source of specific writing skills information.
- Diagnostic Tests - helps identify what your students need the most help with.
- Learning Curves Adaptive Exercises – Students have reported that they enjoy the interactive exercises, and that these help them to arrive to class better prepared for writing assignments.
- 4 Pre-built Lessons – Use these as-is or create your own lessons. Prebuilt lessons also include written reflection activity.
Two Options for Canvas Integration
Loose linking is an easy to set up option, but any Writer’s Help work that you assign does not report to your gradebook in Canvas. Many instructors using this format manually award points in Canvas for the activities they assign(often as extra credit).
Deep linking allows all work you assign in Writer's Help to report to your gradebook. To do this, however, you must create a corresponding module and assignment in Canvas and update the links each semester. For deep linking integration, you will need to contact the Edith Brady at Macmillan (email@example.com).
The PDF linked below has three short videos that will get you familiar with the Writer's Help interface so that you can get the most of out this software.