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Ability to duplicate rubrics

Ability to duplicate rubrics

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When building rubrics on a course level, it would be helpful to have a duplicate rubric button next to the Edit and Delete options. Some rubrics are very similar and having the ability to duplicate what you already created would save time in course design to be able to easily duplicate a rubric.

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James
Navigator

 @jlwatson1 ,

If you create a lot of rubrics, you may want to look at the Importing Rubrics from a Spreadsheet script I wrote. It allows you to copy/paste rubrics from a spreadsheet into Canvas. It doesn't support all of the functionality of Canvas rubrics, but it might be enough for your needs.

I've not heard much demand for people wanting to duplicate rubrics, possibly because the editing capabilities are so limited.

jlwatson1
Community Member

Thanks for the script information!

phyllis_santacr
Community Member

This is the number one issue I have with Canvas.  There is an need to adjust rubrics as work changes.  The work around given (copy from another course, then edit before using) does not work.  I have tried this several times.  Please make it easy to copy and edit.  PLEASE

tfilipiak1
Surveyor II

Oh wow, too complex.  There has to be a better way!

monicakrogmann
Community Member

There absolutely needs to be an option to edit rubrics without re-creating them. The ability to change a phrase to improve understanding, especially when in response to feedback from a previous iteration of the course would be so helpful! Please make editing and copying rubrics an option in Canvas! 

Steven_S
Navigator II

I agree.  I can duplicate a rubric through the edit button, by simply attaching a copy of the rubric to be duplicated.  The error message displayed when clicking edit on a duplicated rubric is misleading.  It says you cannot edit, but it means you cannot change the original rubric.  The copy gets a number added after the rubric name and after editing, it is saved as a new rubric. 

 

However, if I want to fix something as simple as a typo once the rubric is assigned to multiple assignments, I have no choice but to duplicate the rubric and then reassign the corrected rubric to each assignment that used the original.

Hildi_Pardo
Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Hi Steven, Can you go through the Step by Step of you how are duplicating?  You mention clicking Edit, then "attaching a copy of the rubric to be duplicated" -- but this isn't making sense to me; i can't see what you are describing.  If you've figured out a workaround, I would love if you could share the steps, please.  Thanks!

Steven_S
Navigator II

You already have a rubric created, so do not make a new rubric.  Use the find a rubric button instead and navigate to the rubric you want to add.  Add the rubric.  Now that the rubric is used in more than 1 spot it will present an error message if you try to edit it.  However it still let's you edit, that error really only means it will add a number to the end of the rubric title unless you edit the title yourself.

venitk
Adventurer

This would be very helpful!  In courses that have multiple writing assignments, for example, the rubric for each assignment may be pretty similar, but there may be small adjustments particular to the assignment. We had the ability to duplicate rubrics in D2L and I sorely miss that ability. 

Steven_S
Navigator II

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Steven_S
Navigator II

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The end result is a new rubric with a new name, but it started as a copy of a rubric used elsewhere...

Steven_S
Navigator II

For typo correction and replacement of the existing rubric you may also be interested in https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/13770-allow-global-rubric-editing 

venitk
Adventurer

Yeah, I know there's a workaround, but it sure would be easier to just click a button and have it duplicate, especially when I'm trying to describe the process to faculty. "Find the button and click it" is easier than the process that you're describing, which certain has more steps and requires more screenshots. 

Steven_S
Navigator II

I agree that the methods for duplicating a rubric do need to be improved.  For example, finding the rubric you want to duplicate is complicated when the course numbers repeat.  For example, in my screen shot you see three HIST-1020-L01 courses... Those were each taught in a different semester, but manage rubrics does not know give me a clear way to know which set of rubrics came from which semester. Adding the same term already included in the course list, would help this search tremendously.

 

However, I'm not sure that it is clear exactly what you want an additional button to do.  When you start with a new assignment, there is already a button (magnifying glass) that lets you search all your prior rubrics and add a duplicate of any of them.  There is also a button (pencil) that lets you edit any rubric attached to an assignment whether it is new or copied.  I included many screenshots in order to cover every step, but those two buttons seem to cover "find the button and click it." 

 

I don't think of this as a work around, because these existing functions actually duplicate the rubric and allow changes.  I don't have much d2l experience, and so I do not understand what step is considered excessive.  Could you illustrate the workflow you are looking for?

venitk
Adventurer

This is a screenshot from D2L (I covered the names of the rubrics since I didn't write the course and don't have permission to share the details):
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I could click on the arrow next to the name of the rubric and copy it.

What I would like to see in Canvas is a way to duplicate a rubric under Outcomes-->Manage Rubrics.

e.g., here: 

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Or here, when editing the rubric itself: 

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Either place would seem like a fairly simple place to add a Copy Rubric or Duplicate Rubric button and would help streamline directions I have to send to faculty when they create their rubrics. It would also not require faculty to click through a scary warning message that would likely stop them from proceeding. 

Steven_S
Navigator II

Oh, I see.  I don't use 'manage rubrics' very often, because I've found that I can do all rubric creation, duplication and editing where the rubric is attached to the assignment.  Building the rubric on a separate screen did not seem like much of an advantage.  (Unless you are trying to use outcomes, which are not really user friendly yet in my opinion. )  I do see how you would want a way to duplicate the rubric from that screen if that is where you build your rubrics, however.

simon_rodan
Surveyor II

The ability to create a copy which could then be tweaked to meet the needs of particular assignments would be very helpful! 

pkrysl
Surveyor II

A must have. How limited the current  rubric management is compared to what it should be!

joshhirsch75
Surveyor

Teaching in an IB school, we use the same criterion and rubrics for all of our grading.  The fact that I can't copy a rubric is really frustrating as I need to create a new rubric for every assignment even though the criteria are identical. 

I hope that in the future, Canvas can simply add a "copy rubric" function that allows us to use a template rubric then make changes.  It will save us a huge amount of time. 

glass2
Surveyor

@Steven_S Thank you, your how-to was extremely helpful.