Kelvin Dean

Hidden Gems: Working with Rubrics in New Quizzes

Blog Post created by Kelvin Dean on Nov 16, 2019

Some people are wondering: Is there a way to add a rubric to a New Quiz? The answer is actually yes, but it is in a hidden location. Here's how you can do it.


  1. Perform the same steps as you usually would when creating a new assignment. Use the +Assignment button to create a quiz, not the +Quiz/Test button.
    (In the future, even though the +Quiz/Test button will return to the Quizzes page, you should continue to create a quiz/test from the Assignments page if you want to make use of advanced options.)
  2. Fill in some quiz information, such as the title and instructions from the Assignments page.
    Assignment 1
  3. Do not select any External Tools just yet, because you're going to add a rubric next. Just save the quiz for now. That's because once the Quizzes 2 External Tool is added, no further changes to the quiz instructions and rubrics can be made. Learn more in this video (skip to 1:44).
  4. Now that you've created the assignment, you'll then click the +Rubric button below to create and add the rubric.
    Add Rubric
  5. Perform the same steps as you usually would when adding a new rubric to an assignment. Remember, the title identifies the rubric so it can be easily located and associated later with any similar assignment. However, there are some differences to keep in mind:
    Adding New Rubric
    1. Rubrics cannot be used effectively for grading in quizzes since quiz scores are calculated based on the number of points assigned to each quiz question. Therefore, do not use this rubric for assignment grading. However, you can add a rubric to a practice quiz (Restrict Student Result View > Show Points: ON) or ungraded survey (Restrict Student Result View > Show Points: OFF and hide all correct/incorrect indicators). Do not count this assignment towards the final grade must also be turned on.
    2. To avoid any point conflicts with assessment grades, select Remove points from rubric. This is recommended since we favor high scores over rubrics with mediocre feedback.
  6. Click Edit to go back to editing the assignment, and then set up the Quizzes 2 External Tool. If you're satisfied with your rubric and instructions, go ahead and click Save. By clicking Save, the quiz instructions from the Assignments page can no longer be edited.


Trainer Tips

When to Add Rubrics

When creating any assignment using the External Tool method, rubrics were required to be added before setting the external tool, but that is no longer the case, just for the Quizzes 2 LTI. When you edit the New Quiz from the Assignments page, you will have the option to edit the rubric from there without the need to deactivate the Quizzes 2 LTI.


Trainer Tip 1


Warning Messages


If you've already graded New Quizzes using that rubric, unless you remove points from the rubric, any significant changes you made to rubrics AFTER students take that quiz could significantly affect their quiz results. Unless rubric points are disabled, you should only edit the rubric BEFORE you let your students take the quiz.


Advanced Options

The availability of the following options varies by your local institution.


Allow moderators to review multiple independent grades for selected submissions.


Graders cannot view student names. This can be changed by selecting Hide student names in the SpeedGrader. Grades will not be released automatically, and unmuting or posting grades will automatically disable Anonymous Grading. This is useful if you're creating a survey in New Quizzes (see Hidden Gems: Working with Surveys in New Quizzes for more info).


Anonymize all annotations made by instructors on submissions for this assignment in DocViewer.





Rubrics may not work correctly if you add two or more essay questions to a single quiz.


Want to learn more?

To learn more about adding rubrics, please go to the Training Services Portal > Videos > Creating and Managing Rubrics in Canvas. Free For Teachers and Training Lab users are also welcome to join!


What to Work On

Next time, we'll show you how rubrics work in SpeedGrader for New Quizzes assignments.