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Is it possible to copy/duplicate rubrics?

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Is it possible to copy or duplicate a rubric? I use the same basic rubric for every project but change some of the details each time. I'd like to be able to create my general rubric and then copy it, instead of having to build basically the same structure from scratch each time.

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kona
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aa96a3f048cdb775279b489381f0bb91112d81d9bbe8978a9397b4e3a266bd0e​, built into Canvas directly, no. Is it possible, yes! Basically you need to use the "Import Content into this Course" tool in Canvas to copy the rubric you want back into the course. See directions below:

While in the course that has the rubric, go to your course settings and click on "Import content into this course." Click "copy a Canvas course" from the drop down and type in the name of the course you are in (yes, you are going to basically copy your rubric back into the course!). VERY important here - make sure and click the "Select specific content" option - then click Import.

When the button comes up for you to select your content, click on it and then find the rubric (or rubrics) you want to copy from the list of your course content and "select content".

Once it's done you will see a copy of your rubric in your Rubric list, make sure and update the name of this copy before making any additional copies of the rubric (if needed).

I also created a quick video showing and explaining these directions - 08.19.2015-10.20.05 - KonaJones's library

Hope this helps!

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If you import from course 1 into course 2 and then try to import a rubric from course 1 into course 2 again (to create a duplicate) it won't work. I just tested this last night. Yet, if you copy course 2 (specific rubric) into course 2 then it will create a duplicate. I tested this last night and it worked - it just added a (1) to the end of the duplicate rubric.

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kona
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aa96a3f048cdb775279b489381f0bb91112d81d9bbe8978a9397b4e3a266bd0e​, built into Canvas directly, no. Is it possible, yes! Basically you need to use the "Import Content into this Course" tool in Canvas to copy the rubric you want back into the course. See directions below:

While in the course that has the rubric, go to your course settings and click on "Import content into this course." Click "copy a Canvas course" from the drop down and type in the name of the course you are in (yes, you are going to basically copy your rubric back into the course!). VERY important here - make sure and click the "Select specific content" option - then click Import.

When the button comes up for you to select your content, click on it and then find the rubric (or rubrics) you want to copy from the list of your course content and "select content".

Once it's done you will see a copy of your rubric in your Rubric list, make sure and update the name of this copy before making any additional copies of the rubric (if needed).

I also created a quick video showing and explaining these directions - 08.19.2015-10.20.05 - KonaJones's library

Hope this helps!

I did this and it didn't create a duplicate, it just overwrote the original (even though I had changed its name).  I think that perhaps each rubric is assigned a number and if you reimport that rubric, it overwrites it instead of duplicating it.  This seems like a more recent issue, since this work around worked in the past.

If you import from course 1 into course 2 and then try to import a rubric from course 1 into course 2 again (to create a duplicate) it won't work. I just tested this last night. Yet, if you copy course 2 (specific rubric) into course 2 then it will create a duplicate. I tested this last night and it worked - it just added a (1) to the end of the duplicate rubric.

Thank you, Kona Jones  - great, clear lesson.

Great explanation. Worked perfect for me. This saves tons of time.

sbruemmer
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Yes, you can copy a rubric (at least now in Feb 2017.)  Here are the key sentences from the Canvas Guides on managing rubrics:

If a rubric has been used in more than one assignment, the Edit Rubric button is not available.

However, you can create a copy of a rubric and make any changes when adding a rubric to an assignment.

ellenbcutler
Community Contributor

Thank you Kona--that was exactly the help I needed. I'm pretty much of a dope and your instructions were precise and clear, step by step. Took some toggling back and forth--you say do this, I toggle and do this, toggle back, get the next step. But it solved my problem which was to create an identical rubric that had a different number of points attached. Most appreciative!

Yay! Glad you got it to work! 

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Not bad, Kona. Not bad. I don't always like workarounds, but when I do, I listen to Kona.

 

bkompe
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@kona@Stef_retired Does anyone know if the copied rubric is 'linked' to the original rubric? 

I know that if you obtain a rubric by using "Find a Rubric" then they are 'linked' to each other. For example, I made a change to a rubric (which was not attached to an assessment in the source course) that I obtained via "Find a Rubric". The change that I made in the target course was reflected in the source course - they are obviously linked!

What about rubrics that are copied via "Import Content into this Course"? Is there any type of association between the rubrics meaning that changes you make in one could be reflected in the other?

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YGR
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Kona! Thank you for this step by step process it was exactly what I needed!  

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Stef_retired
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aa96a3f048cdb775279b489381f0bb91112d81d9bbe8978a9397b4e3a266bd0e,  @kona ​ has outlined the best way for accomplishing what you're after. I'm admittedly a chicken when it comes to copying content from a course into the same course (and it's a bit too meta for my comfort level :smileylaugh:), so I like to create my rubrics in a sandbox course and then import copies of them into my "live" course as needed.

I'd also like to call your attention to this feature idea that would allow teachers to make use of Canvas Commons​ as a rubrics repository:

dan_stone_ky
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How about implementing this approach in Canvas instead. Go to the rubric. Hover over it. "Copy" "Delete" "edit" appears. Choose copy. You are done.

1 keystroke versus a required youtube video to figure out how to do this. 

 @dan_stone_ky ​, if you're interested in seeing changes made to Canvas functionality, please post your suggestions in Canvas Feature Ideas​. While the feature ideas process is currently on hold (and for that, have a look at Changes Coming to Canvas Community Feature Ideas​), once it resumes, your idea will evaluated for consideration.

I went through the Feature Ideas space very quickly, and found this remedy suggested by  @biray ​ (no YouTube video viewing required! Smiley Happy😞

Have you tried creating a (fake/unpublished) assignment, then adding a rubric to the assignment (be sure to choose from existing rubrics), then editing the rubric's title/criteria (or whatever aspects of the rubric you want to modify)? By doing this, you essentially leverage one rubric to create a new one. When you go back to your list of rubrics, you should see the new version of the rubric listed.

kona
Community Coach
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If you're interested in this topic you might be interested in a new canvancement‌ by  @James ‌ that allows you to create a rubric in a spreadsheet and import it into Canvas - Importing Rubrics from a Spreadsheet.

annespinoza
Community Member

Why can't canvas just make a "create a copy" button???