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Creating & Using Rubrics in Canvas

Rubrics are an excellent way to communicate assignment expectations to your students and let them know up front how you are grading their work. While rubrics may take some effort to create on the front end, rubrics save time while grading and simplify the grading process. Rubrics also help ensure consistency when grading assignments. By using rubrics to grade, you provide students with built-in feedback, and typically, reduce the number of questions related to a graded assignment.

What are the advantages to using rubrics in Canvas?

  • Rubrics can be used for various types of assignments including discussions, assignment submissions (e.g. papers, group work, presentations, etc.).
  • Rubrics can quickly be attached to assignments and discussions.
  • Rubrics are available to students before they submit their assignment (and after), so students can see exactly what is expected of them and where they may have fallen short.
  • Rubrics also show up along the right-side of the assignment you are grading in SpeedGrader. This makes it easy for the instructor to read the student’s submission and quickly check the appropriate box on the rubric.
  • In Canvas, you do not need the same number of ratings (columns) for each criteria (row).

How do I create and attach rubrics in Canvas?

The four short videos below show you how to create a rubric, attach a rubric to a discussion board, attach a rubric to an assignment, and grade with a rubric. Alternatively, you may refer to Canvas’ written documentation:

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