How do I create a rubric in my course?

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.

If you cannot find a rubric you want to use when adding a rubric to an assignment, you can create a new rubric for your course. Once you create a rubric, the rubric is saved in your course for future use. You can manage created rubrics in the Manage Rubrics page.

This lesson shows how to create a rubric in the Manage Rubrics page. You can also create a rubric directly when adding a rubric to an assignment, and the process is the same.

Note: Currently criterion cannot be reordered after they are added to a rubric.

Open Outcomes

Open Outcomes

In Course Navigation, click the Outcomes link.

Manage Rubrics

Click the Manage Rubrics button.

Add Rubric

Add Rubric

Click the Add Rubric button.

Create Title

Create Title

In the Title field, create a title for the rubric. This title helps you identify the rubric so you can associate it with an assignment, graded discussion, or quiz.

Edit Criterion Description

Edit Criterion Description

The rubric includes on default criterion entry. To add a short criterion description, hover over the criterion and click the Edit icon [1].

To add a longer description to the criterion, click the view longer description link [2]. The longer description helps students understand more information about the criterion. The long description does not display directly in the rubric but can be accessed by all users.

Note: Currently criterion cannot be reordered after they are added to a rubric. If you want to display criterion in a specific order, make sure you create them in the order that you prefer.

Add Longer Description

Add Longer Description

To add a long description, enter a description for the criterion [1], then click the Update Description button [2].

Split Ratings

Split Ratings

Rubric ratings default to 5 points, awarding 5 points for full rubric marks and 0 points for no rubric marks. To split a rubric rating, hover over a rating and click the double-ended arrow [1]. Split cells on the row as often as necessary to created the desired number of ratings [2].

Add Ratings

Add Ratings

You can also add ratings in incremental point values by hovering over a rating and clicking the Add Rating icon [1]. The rubric will create a new rating to the right showing a whole-number point value between the existing ratings [2].

Edit Rating

Edit Rating

For each rating, you can edit the rating description and the number of points assigned to the rating. To edit a rating, hover over the rating and click the Edit icon [1]. To edit the name of the rating, enter a new name in the text field [2].

To enter a new point value for the rating, enter the point value in the points field [3]. Points can be whole (1, 5, 10) or decimal (0.3, 0.5, 2.75) numbers. Editing a specific rating value affects the full point value for the criterion. If you adjust the point value of a rating, the value of all ratings will adjust and create the updated point value for the criterion.

Click the OK button [4].

Edit Criterion Point Value

Edit Criterion Point Value

If you want to adjust the total point value of the criterion, enter the number of points in the Points field [1]. The first rating (full marks) assuming the overall point value and any incremental ratings adjust appropriately [2]. However, you can always go back and edit specific ratings if you don't want to accept the automatic adjustments.

Delete Criterion

Delete Criterion

To delete the entire criterion, click the remove icon.

Add Criterion

Add Criterion

To create a new criterion for the rubric, click the Add Criterion link [1].

To find an existing course- or account-level outcome to align with the rubric, click the Find Outcome link [2].

Note: Outcomes cannot be edited directly in a rubric.

Create Rubric

Create Rubric

Click the Create Rubric button.

View Rubric

View Rubric

View the new rubric.

To edit the rubric, click the Edit icon [1]. To delete the rubric, click the Delete icon [2].