Instructions for Using Canvas
Joining the correct Canvas Course for your level of the Scoring Services.
If your student does not yet have a Canvas Account:
An email will be sent to the email address you provided for your student when you purchased the Scoring Service. This email will contain a Join Code which you will need to create a Canvas Account and to join the correct Course through which the Scoring Service will be conducted.
Follow the link in the email to http://canvas.instructure.com/ and create an account as a student.
- Input the Join Code
- Input the student’s full name
- For the username, input the email address you provided for your student when you purchased the Scoring Service
- Create a password*
The Join Code will allow you to create an account and will automatically add you to the correct Canvas Course.
*We encourage you to write down your password. Because Canvas is not owned or operated by Essentials in Writing. EIW does not have the ability to help you recover lost or forgotten passwords.
If your student already has a Canvas Account:
An invitation to join the correct Canvas Course will be sent to the email address you provided for your student when you purchased the Scoring Service. Follow the link in the email to accept the invitation to join the Course.
Important Note: If you have multiple students using the Scoring Services, each student needs a separate email and needs to set up separate Canvas Accounts. If you did not provide separate emails for each of your students when you purchased the slots, you will be contacted by Customer Service and will not receive the Join Codes/course invitations until individual emails are provided for the students. In the past, the sharing of emails/accounts has caused problems and delays.
Watch a tutorial on choosing the correct Canvas course for your level!
Correctly formatting documents for submission
All submissions must be typed. Pictures or scans of handwritten compositions will not be scored. Your student can type their composition in a word processor of your choice, but know that only certain file types can be submitted to Canvas. Only files with the extensions .doc, .docx, .rtf and .pdf can be submitted to the assignment slots.
The Scoring Service requires students to format their compositions in a specific way that differs slightly from the guidelines in the EIW Textbooks. All compositions should follow standard MLA guidelines for page layout.
All compositions should:
- be double-spaced
- be in 12 or 14 pt font size
- be in Times New Roman, Arial, or Verdana font
- have one-inch margins on all sides
- indent the first line of each paragraph one-half inch
- include the following information at the top left corner of the page*:
- -The student’s full name (eg. Daniel Hopper)
- -The level of EIW the student is using (eg. EIW Level 10)
- -The lesson for which the composition is submitted (eg. Expository Paragraph, Personal Essay, etc.)
- -The date of submission in proper MLA format (eg. 3 October 2020)
*these requirements differ from standard MLA guidelines in order to accommodate the Scoring Service Program
The compositions will primarily be scored according to content, not page layout. Other curricula and higher education programs, however, will require specific formatting and grade accordingly. We wish to prepare your student for those situations.
The EIW Scoring Service requires that your student include the following information in the upper left corner of each composition**:
- The student’s full name
- The EIW level
- The lesson for which the composition is submitted
- The date of submission
Failure to follow these guidelines will affect the student’s score.
**Exception: The Research Paper assignment requires a slightly different format than all other compositions. See the information in the Research Paper Assignment Slot on Canvas for how to format this composition.
Submitting compositions to Canvas
1. Go to your Canvas Course home page.
2. Select “Assignments” on the left.
3. Once in the Assignments menu, find the correct drop box for your student’s composition. For example, if your student wrote a composition for the Expository Paragraph lesson, find the “Expository Paragraph” drop box.*
4. Once you find the correct drop box, click “Submit Assignment” in the upper right corner.
5. Select a file to upload. Only files with the extensions .doc, .docx, .rtf and .pdf can be submitted.
6. Once you have selected the correct file, click “Submit Assignment” again.
The submission process is now complete. You are not required to leave any kind of comment on your submission.
*Be sure to differentiate between Paragraph drop boxes and Essay drop boxes. If an assignment is submitted to the wrong slot, the composition cannot be scored and must be resubmitted properly.
If you are using Google Docs to type your compositions, we encourage you to
– download your composition as a PDF
– submit the PDF to Canvas.
Using the “Google Docs” option to submit to an Assignment on Canvas often creates formatting problems in the compositions. We encourage students NOT to use that method to submit.
View a tutorial on how to submit compositions to Canvas!
Viewing feedback after a composition has been scored
- Go to your Canvas Course home page.
- Select “Grades” on the left. This menu is an overview of all the scored submissions.
- Select the Assignment for which you want to view feedback.
- To view the one-paragraph general comment about the composition, look for the Assignment Comment section.
- To view in-text comments, click “View Feedback.” This is where the most detailed and helpful feedback can be found.
- To view the rubric and point value score, select “Show Rubric” in the upper right corner.
If your student has questions or wishes to contact their scorer for clarification about something in the feedback, they are free to send their scorer a message through Canvas.
Important Note: Do NOT reply to in-text comments. Scorers do NOT receive notifications for these replies. If your student wishes to contact their scorer, the best way to do so is to send them a Canvas message.
View a tutorial on how to view the feedback on submissions!
View a tutorial on how to contact your Scorer through Canvas!
How to view your rubric on canvas
- Login to your Canvas account
- Select “Courses” on your sidebar menu
- Select the course that you wish to view
- Select the Assignment you would like to view the rubric for
- Scroll about halfway down the page to find the rubric
We’re moving! EIW has conducted the Scoring Service through Canvas by Instructure for many years, but going forward the Service will be conducted on our very own brand new platform called Gradient! Updated information and instructions about how to use the Scoring Service on Gradient are coming soon!
View a tutorial on how to view the rubric on Canvas!