Canvas Assignments and Rubrics

In Canvas, assignments include quizzes, graded discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.). Assignments in Canvas can be used to challenge students' understanding and help assess competency by using a variety of media. Rubrics can play a big part in assessing a student's competency. There are many different definitions for rubric, but we have settled on one by Susan M. Brookhart from her 2013 book How to Create and Use Rubrics for Formative Assessment and Grading. A rubric is “a coherent set of criteria for students' work that includes descriptions of levels of performance quality on the criteria” .  One of the nicer aspects of Canvas is that it make using rubrics easy. Canvas's rubric tool is integrated right into the assignment page which makes  the rubric very visible to students. As soon as the student clicks the assignment to learn what it is they need to do, they see the full rubric for that assignment. 

Canvas makes using a rubric to grade an assignment so easy. You can add them to assignments, quizzes and discussions to make grading these item faster and easier. Rubrics that you’ve created in a Canvas course are available for you to use in all your Canvas courses. For example, if you use writing rubrics in multiple courses, you can just reuse one that you like and edit it to work for the different assignments. You can also search for rubrics that other instructors or designers have added to the Canvas Commons and use those in your course. Rubrics are quick and easy to set up and to use for grading in Speedgrader. Work out the specifics of your rubric somewhere else like in Word or a Google Doc and then paste the info into Canvas. It will save you tons of time once you are in Canvas.

Below are several links to resources that you may find useful if you want to lear more about rubrics in general and using rubrics in Canvas specifically. 

Useful Links on Rubrics

Adobe Connect recording of Coffee, Cookies and Canvas Assignments and Rubrics training session

Rubrics Box Folder contains a full presentation slides and rubric templates.
Download Presentation Hacking Canvas: Making the rubric tool in Canvas work for you


Canvas Resources (search "rubrics" in the Course Guides for a complete list)

Create an Assignment in Canvas

Add a Rubric to an Assignment

Add a rubric to a Graded Discussion

Add a rubric to a quiz

Grading using a rubric