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Chalk and Wire

You will be given a username and password for Chalk and Wire by Kathy McElroy.  To login, go to:  If you have trouble with your login or need help with Chalk and Wire, contact Kathy McElroy ( or call (641) 784-5088 or (800) 859-1215. 

Core Courses

If you are teaching a core course for the Graceland School of Education, your students will have two assessments in Chalk and Wire: a Signature assessment and a Dispositions assessment.  These are described below with links to the rubrics.  Core courses include:

  • EDUC3100 Human Relations
  • EDUC3580 Psych of Exceptional
  • EDUC3590 Ed Psych and Measurement
  • EDUC4100 Legal, Ethical, and Pedagogical (LEP)
  • EDUC4200/4300 Classroom Management

Signature Assessment

In each core course, one of the assignments will be called a Signature Assignment.  The student will submit this document/project to you in Chalk and Wire where it will be assessed with the Signature Rubric.  This allows the School of Education to collect a common assessment across many courses using a variety of student work.  

You will receive an email notification whenever a student submits work to you.  These emails don't need to be saved.  Instead, just bookmark the URL ( in your web browser, so you can login whenever you want without the notification. View the video tutorial below to see how to use Chalk and Wire to assess student work.


Disposition Assessment

Dispositions (behaviors/attitudes) of teacher education candidates are assessed throughout the program, including the six core courses listed above.  At the end of a core course, you will assess each student's dispositions in Chalk and Wire.  This Chalk and Wire assessment is called a "manual assessment" because you will enter ratings without the student submitting their work to you.  The assessments will be set up for you in Chalk and Wire by Kathy McElroy using the Disposition rubric, and students will appear on the Pending Assessment screen.  View the video tutorial below for a demonstration of assessing student work. 

Low Scores

If a student receives an unsatisfactory rating of 4 or below on one or more criterion, this is a concern that must be addressed.

  1. Review your ratings with any student receiving a low score.
  2. In addition to recording the ratings in Chalk and Wire, fill out the Disposition rubric and send it to Kathy McElroy (  Include your explanation in the comments area for low scores (4 or less) and these will be entered in the Concerns process for the TE committee.  The student's advisor will be given a copy and will work with the student to develop a plan of action.

Using Chalk and Wire to Assess Student Work

Online Course Delivery

Using an online course delivery tool will improve communication with your students, and will also give you cost effective options for making your syllabus, assignments, and other information available to your students. Graceland uses two online course delivery tools: My Graceland ( and eCompanion (

Step One: Contact the Lead Teacher to Determine the Best Online Course Delivery Tool for Your Course
Check with the Lead Teacher for your course. He/She can let you know how the course has been handled in the past and what seemed to work best. Click HERE to see a course list with 2015-2016 Lead Teachers.

Step Two: Set Up Your Course
If the course has previously been created in eCompanion, contact Ron Ellis to make a copy for you ( or 641-784-5467 or 641-784-5167). Ron can also assist you in updating the course with your own information. He'll need the following information:

  • (Your course) Your Name, Course Number, Section Number, Term/Year
  • (Previous course to be copied) Name of instructor, Course Number, Term/Year

If your course was taught in My Graceland, an online course is automatically created for you.  Each term your course(s) will appear in My Courses in the left column under Quick Links (on any page in My Graceland).  Several tutorials for managing your course are provided HERE.

Step Three: Your Login
Both eCompanion and My Graceland uses your Graceland network username, which is the beginning of your Graceland email address (i.e. eCompanion, however, will have a different password.  Ron Ellis can help with your login for either system ( or 641-784-5467 or 641-784-5167).

Accessing your Class List

You can access a list of students registered for your course in My Graceland on the Faculty tab.

  1. Faculty tab
  2. Faculty and Advisor Home
  3. Class List - Cognos Report
  4. Login with your My Graceland username and password
  5. Enter the Academic Year (1516 for 2015-2016 academic year)
  6. Choose the session
  7. Enter the EDUC course number (EDUC3100)
  8. Click Next
  9. Choose your section and click Next
  10. The list displays on the screen.  You may also click the red and green buttons above to download as PDF or Excel.

Grade Entry

Grade entry is handled in My Graceland from the Faculty tab. Click HERE for instructions.