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Default Score on Rubric in SpeedGrader

Default Score on Rubric in SpeedGrader

To minimize the amount of clicks our faculty has to do, they would like the ability to have a default score populate on the rubric in SpeedGrader, and then they would only have to change those values as needed. This would allow for faster grading and minimize clicks, such as clicking to enlarge the rubric, clicking to score, clicking to save the rubric, etc.

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Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @mpaben ‌, could you elaborate on how this would differ from current functionality? As depicted in How do I add a rubric in a course? , the default rubric starts out with a single row and two criteria (Full Marks and No Marks) with Total Points of 5. In other words, a default score of 5 populates and the attendant cells correspond to that.

We've placed this idea into Moderating status as we look forward to your response. Thanks!

mpaben
Community Member

Stefanie,

What I mean is after the rubric is already created. It is attached to an assignment. When the faculty goes into the Speedgrader, they want a score to automatically populate to a certain value on the rubric for scoring. For example, say the scale is 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The Speedgrader would come up and automatically populate a score of 4 for each of the criteria. Then staff would only have to change the values they want to change. Does that make sense? Thanks for asking for clarification!

Martha

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

Yes,  @mpaben ‌, thank you. That explanation is very helpful. I've made a slight edit to the idea description to indicate that the goal is to have a default value automatically populate in the rubric in SpeedGrader.

pxo4
Surveyor II

Until now, this lack of functionality wasn't too much of a concern, because I was able to use Chrome iMacro to populate SpeedGrader with the default settings.

But it seems Canvas has recently changed some underlying functionality, so that SpeedGrader ignores values unless physically entered from the keyboard.  

Entering the default values by hand is tedious, time-consuming, and prone to typos.

So, adding this functionality would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @pxo4 , from this comment--" SpeedGrader ignores values unless physically entered from the keyboard"--I suspect you are referring to something different, and this functionality has not changed. Please navigate to the assignment, click on the Edit pencil of the rubric, and verify that you have enabled the "Use this rubric for assignment grading" checkbox. When that box is enabled, the grade field of SpeedGrader will autopopulate with the values from the rubric.

pxo4
Surveyor II

Hello, Stefanie:

Thank you for replying.  Smiley Happy

RE: verify that you have enabled the "Use this rubric for assignment grading"

Yes, I have that.  And in SpeedGrader, I populate the grades via a macro, then hit "Save".  All the grades turn into "--" with "Invalid score" beneath them.

RE: the grade field of SpeedGrader will autopopulate with the values from the rubric

But isn't that the goal that Martha is asking for with this Canvas idea?  That functionality already exists?

Because I've used Canvas for 3 years, and when using SpeedGrader, the grades have always default to just empty.

Thank you again for reviewing this.  Much appreciated!

Phil

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @pxo4 ‌, the way I interpreted this feature idea,  @mpaben ‌ seeks to have the assignment submission launch in SpeedGrader with a prepopulated score--before any action has been taken--so that instructors only need to perform clicks if they want the grade to be something other than the predetermined default.

Have you investigated the "invalid score" issue with Canvas Support? A member of the support team can have a look at your brower, assignment settings, and macro, to see what might have changed.

pxo4
Surveyor II

Hi, Stefanie:

RE:  have the assignment submission launch in SpeedGrader with a prepopulated score--before any action has been taken

I agree that's what Martha is requesting.  But are you seeing a difference between that, and your mentioning that this functionality already exists:  "the grade field of SpeedGrader will autopopulate with the values from the rubric"  ?

Because I'm reading those as the same thing.

RE: Have you investigated the "invalid score" issue with Canvas Support?

No, because that's just a side effect of the macro-entered grades being ignored.  But I guess I could give that a try too.  

Thanks again for your help!

Phil

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @pxo4 , yes, here's the difference between current functionality and the idea: Currently, when "Use this rubric for assignment grading" is enabled in the rubric, the grade field in SpeedGrader will auto-populate based on what the instructor/grader has clicked/entered in the rubric. The requested functionality is to have a predetermined default value (perhaps the maximum value for the rubric?) populate the grade field first—so that the instructor only has to make changes to the grade field if the grade to be assigned is other than the default. 

And yes, if your macro used to work, but doesn't any longer, that would warrant a support ticket! It is a special use case, to be sure.

mpaben
Community Member

Stafanie is correct with what she has said. I would like the assignment submission to launch in SpeedGrader with a prepopulated score before any action has been taken. Our instructors would only need to perform clicks to change those areas that would be different than the predetermined default.

Martha Paben | Professional Development Faculty

ronmarx
Community Member

Just made sure that I voted up for this great idea.

On a seemingly different but parallel track, please refer to the idea, https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/12350-simplify-rubrics-look-and-operation , that suggests a non-scored Rating Header that includes rating levels and descriptions. As suggested here, these labels and descriptions are not required, but would be available as options for the K-12 teacher. Rubrics for assignments at these grades usually present students with Lexile-leveled descriptions to enable them to understand expectations.

bdust
Community Member

I spent several hours yesterday grading 25 students with a 20 item rubric. That is a minimum of 500 clicks of which about 450 of those were the same item. Allowing us to click a default value is a much needed function for the rubric feature to be useful for complex grading. Then we can focus on the student rubric exceptions.

Do the designers of Canvas ever spend time using the product before it is released? I suggest that they read the chapter on Usability Testing from the excellent book on software design called, "Don't Make Me Think".

jackiehughes
Community Member

We need this setting to be checked by default.  This will eliminate this problem altogether.

Use This Rubric For Assignment Grading

2grh
Community Member

The ability to have the rubric auto populate the grades would be a real time saver.  Huge time saver!