Reflection on College Writing FAQ

The Reflection on College Writing is an online curriculum designed to help students transition into a new learning environment. As you enter SJSU, you are transferring what you learned in high school to complete college learning tasks. To help you, we designed the Reflection on College Writing. By completing the Reflection on College Writing modules, you will (1) explore the college writing requirements and the courses available to you, and (2) decide which of these courses will help you transition into this new learning community successfully.

What Do I Need to Do?

You must work within the deadlines to complete all five modules in Canvas and earn the 10 points that complete your requirement. 

We deliver the Reflection on College Writing in Canvas, SJSU’s online learning management system. You will learn to navigate this system as you complete the 5 modules.

To complete these modules, you will be guided through specific tasks: You will read, write, and reflect to explore SJSU's course requirements and options, and to select a writing course that will support you to achieve your writing goals. 

We have prepared an overview to explain the courses we offer in First Year Writing. It is a good place to start exploring your role as a reader and writer in the SJSU learning community:

Q:  Who completes the Canvas Reflection on College Writing?

A: All entering freshmen complete the Reflection on College Writing to explore their writing requirements and options prior to registration.  Freshmen will also produce the writing they will need to assemble their first SJSU writing portfolio, a requirement in all composition classes.

Students complete this work independently through our online learning management system, Canvas. Once you are enrolled at SJSU and have an SJSU Student ID number, we enroll you in the Reflection on College Writing course.

You will receive a course invitation through Canvas. Please accept the invitation and get started on the work immediately. The sooner you score all 10 points, the sooner your prerequisite can be cleared so that you may register for your class!

Complete 10 points in Canvas Reflection by the dates indicated in the Table of Reflection Deadlines.

Q: Do I need to do the Reflection on College Writing if I have already satisfied English 1A?

A: All entering freshmen complete the Reflection on College Writing to explore SJSU writing requirements and options, and to build an entry-level writing portfolio.

Q:  When can I begin the Canvas Reflection?

A: For Summer 2018 enrollees, The Reflection on College Writing course opens on May 15.

As soon as you announce your intent to enroll and as soon as we know your CSU Enrollment Category, we will enroll you in the Canvas module.

If you have not yet been assigned a CSU Enrollment Category, please be sure to submit relevant test scores and transcripts to supportedinstruction@sjsu.edu.

Q:  How do I complete the Reflection in Canvas?

A: There are 10 points to be earned in the Reflection exercises. Several of these points you earn as you complete the auto-scored surveys.

But three of the points are manually scored as our facilitator checks your writing submissions to make sure the texts you have entered are readable.

You need to check back after turning in your final assignments to make sure that your submissions have been verified and scored.

Q:  How do I know how many points I have earned in the Reflection on College Writing?

A: You can check your grade report in a Canvas course by clicking "Grades" in the course menu. If you see 10 points in the Reflection grade report, you are good to go.

Q:  Do I have to complete all five Reflection on College Writing assignments at one time?

A: No. You can complete the assignments at your own pace over a series of days – or in one day if you wish. Canvas allows you to log on and off as you work to complete a course.

The only real time constraint is your registration deadline. Be sure to have your work completed and scored by the deadlines outlined in the Table of Reflection Deadlines so that you are prepared to register during Frosh Orientation.

Q:  How long does it take to complete the Canvas Reflection on College Writing?

A:  The reading and writing assignments and the self-reflection surveys can be done in three hours. We recommend you work at a comfortable pace. One of your goals in this exercise is to accurately gauge the time required to succeed in college writing courses.

Q:  What is the cost of the Reflection on College Writing?

A:  The Canvas Reflection course is free of charge.

Q:  Can I come to campus to complete the Reflection on College Writing?

A:  Students who need access to a computer can come to campus to complete the Reflection assignments in Canvas. Please contact Student Computing Services to arrange for access to a computer. The service is located on the 4th floor of the King Library. Bring your SJSU ID number and a photo ID with you. Computers are available on a first come, first served basis. 

Q:  How are Frosh Orientation and the Reflection on College Writing related?

A: In summer, registration takes place during Frosh Orientation. That is why we set up the Table of Reflection Deadlines to correspond with Summer Frosh Orientation dates.

All students must complete the Reflection by the date indicated in the Table of Reflection Deadlines. Completing work by the deadline ensures that you have the information you need to make a course selection. It also ensures that you will be cleared of the prerequisite for entry-level writing courses in the system.

Students who will be enrolling in an entry level course (English 1A or English 1AF/1AS cannot enroll without clearing the prerequisite hold on your account.

Q:  What happens if I don't complete the Reflection before Orientation?

A: There are two consequences to not completing this work:

  • You will not be prepared to produce your first SJSU writing portfolio during the first week of your writing course.
  • You may not have the prerequisite you need to enroll. If you are trying to enroll in either English 1A or English 1AF, the computer will block your enrollment until you have the prerequisite done.

Please work with us by observing the deadlines and checking your Grades in Canvas. You need to be sure you have scored the 10 points before your scheduled Frosh Orientation session.

If you miss enrolling in the course at Orientation, you run the risk of having more limited choices for enrollment. If you delay satisfying the prerequisite beyond the final deadline, you will have to enroll on the first day of classes when seats, and choices, will be very limited.

Advanced Registration ends Saturday, August 18.

There is no registration activity on Sunday, August 19, or Monday, August 20.