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Almost exactly three years ago Brian Rueckert proposed the idea LTI External Tools - Ability to Add Rubric. I am getting ready to use a Google Docs cloud assignment in a class next semester and discovered some unsettling things about rubrics. A search within the Canvas Community led to this idea. My response was long enough and I expect my colleagues to ask me about this, so I decided to blog about the experience and what the workarounds might be.


In the embedded video I demonstrate the following:

  • Adding a rubric to a Google Docs cloud assignment 
  • Showing that the rubric is not visible on the same page as the assignment
  • Showing why it's not a good idea to copy and paste the rubric into the instructions of the assignment
    (no, I did not do a screenshot -- not exactly universal design even with alt text)
  • Showing how students can find the rubric if they can access the assignment instructions
  • Showing how students can find the rubric if they cannot access the assignment instructions
    (yes, it depends on whether the assignment is published but unavailable)

All of this likely applies equally to any External Tool assignment type. Until it gets fixed, students will be justified in feeling like their instructors don't want them to see the expectations for assignments before submission.

Thank you to Matthew Moore for asking a question about how faculty can write comments on essay questions in quizzes. I wasn't sure whether the question was for Essay or File Upload questions and wanted some more experience with them so I made a video showing things from the student to teacher perspective and back again.


A comment on the Canvas Guides document 4152,43384 caught my eye: "Note: Any general answer comments are visible as soon as a quiz is submitted and cannot be hidden from students." I had not thought how useful it could be to give students immediate feedback in between the "you've submitted the quiz" to the final score and feedback.


In the embedded silent video I show how the general feedback is visible to students immediately upon submission. I also show how neither the File Upload or Essay question types allow for inline commenting in the SpeedGrader. A File Upload assignment this is not. It's also not yet an option to limit the type of file that can be uploaded.