Reflection on College Writing FAQ
The Reflection on College Writing is an exercise that incoming first-year students complete to decide which English course to take in the fall semester. Except for students whose exam scores or prior course work place them out of first-semester composition, first-year students will enroll in either English 1A, a one-semester course, or English 1AF and English 1AS, a course sequence that stretches English 1A over two semesters.
The Reflection on College Writing is delivered in Canvas, SJSU’s online learning management system. The exercise allows students to experience a college reading and writing assignment, to learn about SJSU's college-level composition course options, and to select an English course that will best meet their language and writing development needs.
This overview explains the purpose and goals of the Reflection on College Writing and what you can expect to gain from it. It is a good place to start exploring your role as a reader and writer in the SJSU learning community:
You will not be enrolled in a Canvas Reflection course until we have your EPT test score. Test early!
- Who completes the Canvas Reflection on College Writing?
- When can I begin Canvas Reflection?
- How do I complete the Reflection in Canvas?
- How do I know how many points I have earned in the Reflection on College Writing?
- Do I have to complete all five Reflection assignments at one time?
- How long does it take to complete the Canvas Reflection on College Writing?
- What is the cost of Reflection on College Writing?
- Can I come to campus to complete the Reflection on College Writing?
- How are Frosh Orientation and the Reflection on College Writing related?
- What happens if I don't complete the Reflection before Orientation?
A: All entering freshmen who need to enroll in an entry-level writing course (GE Area A2) must complete the Reflection on College Writing before attending Frosh Orientation.
For Fall Entry:
Students with EPT scores below 147 will complete the Reflection on College Writing in their Early Start English, Spartan Scholars, EOP or Summer Bridge programs.*
Students with EPT scores above 147 complete the Reflection on College Writing on their own through Canvas. You must complete the Canvas Reflection modules before your scheduled Frosh Orientation date.
*Note for those entering SJSU in Spring:
These transition programs operate in Summer only for fall enrollees. All students intending to enroll in English 1A in spring term, no matter their EPT score, will complete the Reflection on College Writing on their own, in Canvas.
Complete 12 points in Canvas Reflection by the dates indicated in the Table of Reflection Deadlines. (Deadlines for Winter 2017 TBA.)
If you have satisfied English 1A (GE Area A2) already (through AP, CLEP, or IB test scores or with a community college course), you will not complete the Reflection in Canvas. Depending on your exam scores or courses taken elsewhere, you might need to take a second semester composition requirement at SJSU. Click here for information on how to choose the course that is right for you.
A: The Reflection on College Writing course opens on June 19 for most students. If you are completing the Reflection through a summer transition program (Early Start, Summer Bridge, Athletics Summer Bridge, Spartan Scholars) the Canvas Reflection course will open for you on the day you are scheduled to begin your class.
A: There are 12 points to be earned in the Reflection exercises. Ten of these points you earn as you complete the auto-scored, open-book quiz (Survey on the FAQs). You need to score all ten points on this quiz. So refer to the FAQs as you take the quiz.
There are two points you need to earn in module 5: you will need to collect all your writing from the Reflection on College Writing into an ePortfolio. This portfolio will be available to your first year writing instructor before classes begin, allowing your professor to get to know your writing before instruction begins.
Successfully submitting the URL for this ePortfolio will earn you the last two points you need to clear the Reflection prerequisite. One of these points is awarded only after we check your portfolio to make sure your submission is accessible to your first year writing instructor.
A: You can check your grade report in a Canvas course by clicking "Grades" in the course menu. If you see 12 points in the Reflection grade report, you are good to go!
A: No. You can complete the assignments at your own pace over a series of days – or in one day if you wish. You'll want to take some breaks between modules.
A: The reading and writing assignments and the self-reflection quizzes can be done in three hours. We recommend you work at a comfortable pace to accurately gauge the time required to succeed in a college writing course.
A: The Canvas Reflection course is free of charge. (However, the ESE courses in the Early Start program do have a cost!)
A: Students who need access to a computer can come to campus to complete the Reflection assignments in Canvas. Please contact Student Computing Services located on the 4th floor of the King Library to arrange for access to a computer. Bring your SJSU ID number and a photo ID with you. Computers are available on a first come, first served basis.
A: The Reflection on College Writing is a prerequisite for enrolling in English 1A and English 1AF. So you have to have the prerequisite cleared in our computer system before you come to Frosh Orientation to register for classes.
If you are in Early Start, be sure to choose an Early Start course that ends before your orientation appointment.
All other students should complete the Reflection by the date indicated in the Table of Reflection Deadlines to ensure that you will be cleared of the prerequisite in the system.
A: The Reflection on College Writing is the prerequisite for both English 1A and English 1AF. If you are an entering freshman who needs to complete English 1A, you must have the prerequisite entered into our computer system before you can enroll. That is why we ask you to be sure you have scored the 12 points before your scheduled Frosh Orientation session.
Students who don't complete the Reflection will not have satisfied the prerequisite and will be barred from enrolling for a first-year writing class at Orientation. The computer just won't let you do it.
If you miss enrolling in the course at Orientation, you run the risk of having more limited choices once you do complete the modules. If you delay satisfying the prerequisite beyond August 2, you will have to enroll on the first day of classes when seats, and choices, will be very limited.
Questions about prerequisite or your enrollment status? Please call the Humanities and Arts Student Success Center at (408) 924-5095 during regular business hours. (Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pacific Time).
Questions about the Reflection on College Writing exercises in the Canvas course? Please email us at email@example.com.
Orientation questions can be addressed to: http://www.sjsu.edu/getinvolved/orientation