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How do I align an outcome with a rubric in a course?

You can align any outcome in your course to a rubric. Rubrics are used to help students understand expectations for an assignment and how their submissions will be graded. Outcomes can be aligned with a rubric for additional assessment and measurable performance.

To align an outcome, the outcome must already exist for your course. You can align outcomes created at the account level, or learn how to create course outcomes.

Your institution can determine if rubrics are accessible from the Outcomes page or directly from a Rubrics link in Course Navigation.


  • Outcomes can be added to rubrics, but rubrics cannot be added to outcomes.
  • Rubrics cannot be edited once they have been added to more than one assignment in a course.

Open Rubrics

Open Rubrics

If enabled by your institution, click the Rubrics link in Course Navigation [1].

If the Rubrics link does not display in Course Navigation, click the Outcomes link [2].

Manage Rubrics

If you need to access rubrics from the Outcomes page, click the Manage Rubrics button.

Open Rubric

Open Rubric

Click the name of a rubric.

Create Rubric

To create a new rubric, click the Add Rubric button.

Edit Rubric

Click the Edit Rubric button.

Find Outcome

Find Outcome

Click the Find Outcome link.

Import Outcome

Locate and select the outcome you want to align [1].

If you want to use the criterion for scoring, click the Use this criterion for scoring checkbox [2]. Selecting this checkbox displays the point value of the criterion directly in the rubric and contributes to the overall rubric point value. However, if this checkbox is not selected, the point value will not be factored into the rubric. The criterion point value will not be displayed after the rubric is updated.

Click the Import button [3].

Note: Available outcomes may vary by institution.

Confirm Import

Confirm Import

Click the OK button.

Update Rubric

View the aligned outcome [1]. Click the Update Rubric button [2].