How do I add a rubric to a graded discussion?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

You can add a rubric to a graded discussion to help students understand expectations for the discussion and how you intend to score their replies. Occasionally, rubrics are added to assignments when you have an outcome inside of the rubric that you would like to use for alignment purposes. In addition to graded discussions, rubrics can also be added to assignments and quizzes.

Rubrics can be added by finding an existing rubric in one of your courses, or by creating a new rubric.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

Open Discussion

Click the name of the graded discussion

Add Rubric

Add Rubric

Click the Settings icon [1] and select the Add Rubric option [2].

Find a Rubric

Create or Find Rubric

To find an existing rubric, click the Find a Rubric link.

You can find rubrics that were created in previous graded discussions as well as rubrics created in other courses where you have an instructor role.

Select Rubric

Select Rubric

In the first column, select a course or account [1]. In the second column, locate and click the name of a rubric [2]. You can view the criteria and points in each rubric. To select a rubric for the graded discussion, scroll to the bottom of the rubric and click the Use This Rubric button [3].

Edit Rubric

Manage Rubric

To reopen the rubric and select rubric settings, click the Edit icon.

Create New Rubric

Create New Rubric

If you can't find an existing rubric to use for the graded discussion, you can create a new rubric for your graded discussion. New rubrics are saved in your course for future use.

Select Rubric Settings

Select Rubric Settings

Once you have added a rubric, you can select several options for the rubric.

If you want to write free-form comments to students in SpeedGrader, select the I'll write free-form comments... checkbox [1].

If you want to use the rubric for grading in SpeedGrader, select the Use this rubric for assignment grading checkbox [2].

If you don't want students to see the score total for the rubric, select the Hide score total for assessment results checkbox [3]. Students can still see the point values for each criterion, but the total score will not be shown at the bottom of the rubric. This option is only available if the rubric is not used for grading and only applies to students when they view rubrics from the Grades page.

Save Rubric

Save Rubric

Click the Update Rubric button.

Note: If you created a new rubric, the assignment will show the Create Rubric button.

Adjust Scoring Points

Adjust Scoring Points

If you select the option to use the rubric for grading, Canvas will compare the rubric score and Assignment points.

If the number of points in the rubric is different than the number of points in the Assignment, Canvas will generate a warning message notifying that the point values are not equal.

To update the number of points in the assignment, click the Change button [1]. Otherwise, click the Leave different [2] button.

View Rubric

View Rubric

View the rubric for the graded discussion.

To edit the rubric, click the Edit icon [1]. To replace the rubric with an existing rubric, click the Search icon [2]. To delete the rubric from the graded discussion, click the Delete icon [3].  

To close the rubric and return to the graded discussion, click the Close icon [4].

Copy Rubric

Copy Rubric

If you try to edit a rubric that has been used in more than one assignment (assignment, graded discussion, or quiz), Canvas generates a warning message that the rubric can't be edited. This message means that the rubric can't be edited directly, but you can create a copy of the rubric.

To create a copy of the rubric, click the OK button. Canvas will create a copied version of the rubric. The edited version will automatically replace the previous rubric in the graded discussion. If you use the rubric for grading, the rubric will update for all students in SpeedGrader. You may want to re-review student discussion replies that may have already been graded with the original rubric.

The copied rubric will also be saved in the course rubrics list for future use.