How do I add a rubric to an assignment?
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 an assignment to help students understand expectations for the assignment and how you intend to score their submissions. 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 assignments, rubrics can also be added to graded discussions and quizzes.
Rubrics can be added by finding an existing rubric in one of your courses, or by creating a new rubric.
Find a Rubric
To find an existing rubric, click the Find a Rubric link.
You can find rubrics that were created in previous assignments as well as rubrics created in other courses where you have an instructor role.
Create New Rubric
If you can't find an existing rubric to use for the assignment, you can create a new rubric for your assignment. New rubrics are saved in your course for future use.
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 .
If you want to use the rubric for grading in SpeedGrader, select the Use this rubric for assignment grading checkbox .
If you don't want students to see the score total for the rubric, select the Hide score total for assessment results checkbox . 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.
Click the Update Rubric button.
Note: If you created a new rubric, the assignment will show the Create Rubric button.
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 . Otherwise, click the Leave different  button.
View the rubric for the assignment.
To edit the rubric, click the Edit icon . To replace the rubric with an existing rubric, click the Search icon . To delete the rubric from the assignment, click the Delete icon .
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 assignment. If you use the rubric for grading, the rubric will update for all students in SpeedGrader. You may want to re-review student submissions 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.