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Editing Capabilities for Rubrics

Editing Capabilities for Rubrics

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I would like to see some additional options for Rubrics.  Specifically, it would be nice to be able to:

 

  • Insert a new rubric row anywhere within an existing rubric.
  • Drag and drop an existing rubric row to another location in the same rubric.

 

Use case: I was building a rubric with 40+ rows for an instructor.  After about the 40th row of the rubric, I realized I had forgotten to add a criterion around row 20.  So, I had to delete rows 21 and beyond...insert the row I missed, and then re-add the rows I had initially added.  I soon learned you have to be really careful when building rubrics with lots of rows.

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scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Like Jason said earlier in this thread, the planning process for revamping this area of Canvas is in the planning stage so we'll have to wait and see which specific changes come about.

pdove
New Member

We would love to be able to manipulate/re-order rubric rows!  When we import learning outcomes into a rubric, they show up in alphabetical/numerical order...which is not always the order that is best for instructors or students to use!

llister
New Member

I agree!  This feature would be very useful for my classes.

kurt_hayes
New Member

We are so happy to see this in the Gathering Info phase. For us, it would be nice to have the following changes:

  • Designer or Instructor can reorder columns and rows.
  • Admin can modify the default rubric template that appears when you click on New Rubric (we prefer our rubrics to flow in the opposite direction of the template - so, starting with the poor criteria on the left and exemplary criteria on the right, which is the opposite of the default).
  • Make column widths align for better readability. The current design is very hard to follow when all of the cell widths are different throughout the rubric.

Thank you!

James
Community Champion

If you need to reorder the criteria within a rubric before Canvas releases their solution, I've written a blog post that shows how you can type two lines of JavaScript code in your browser to add that functionality. If you have the ability to edit the global javascript file, you could even make it available for everyone.

How to Reorder Rubric Criteria

vrs07nl
Community Contributor

 @scottdennis ​  - re what i reported above re different rubric views and score totals ... I have just been advised by Canvas that

"This is an issue we've run into with several others as well.  Even with that option selected, the total isn't being hidden when you view it from the submission view.  Our engineers have been notified of the issue so they can look into a fix.”

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

After speaking with Deactivated user​ it is clear that this feature will not be developed within the next 6 months.  It is however on the radar for the next prioritization discussions.

Please follow and bookmark this idea to receive updates when they are available.  This idea will be archived until i is picked up again.  For more information on the Feature Idea Process take a look at How does the voting process work for feature ideas?

jbuchner
Community Contributor

Well, I'll still be using Canvas in the next six months, I look forward to this.

James
Community Champion

On August 16, I wrote a blog post that showed How to Reorder Rubric Criteria

Over the weekend, I discovered some tools to make the process simple (before, it was the JavasScript that was simple, but the process was tedious). I wrote another blog post Sorting Rubrics Made Easy  that takes the technical details of the original blog post and makes it much, much, much easier to use.

Here are some of the improvements of the new approach over the method explained in the original post.

  • Install once and forget about it.
  • It automatically injects the JavaScript code, no more typing the code every time you need it.
  • You specify which pages should get the JavaScript added so it doesn't run on every page.
  • The jQuery libraries you need are already available on the web instead of you having to host your own.
  • Allows for multiple scripts.
  • Basically lets you have your own "local JavaScript" file when you can't or shouldn't use the "global JavaScript" file.

The technical details of what was involved from the original blog post are still pertinent, it just turns out there was a whole-lot-easier way to get it done. That's what the new blog post shows. I even made a couple of videos to show how easy it was.

vrs07nl
Community Contributor

Scott Dennis  Set 2015 update

The engineers now say it is not a bug and the rubric in speedgrader appears as it should because designed to associate with assessment scores only and not the rubric score/ calculations ... sad but true......

mcsmith
Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

Hi,

Would may sharing the other rubric tools you are referring to?

Thanks!

mpoole
Community Member

Sure.. Rubistar, irubric, easytagger all work better.  Just not integrated into canvas.

Even the rubric generator in turnitin is a little easier to use and will send grades back to the canvas gradebook.

brueckert
Community Champion
This is a resurrected feature: LTI External Tools and Rubrics

 

The original text provided by the one and only Chris Hofer is as follows:

 

"When creating an Assignment in a course that uses the Submission Type of External Tool (Example: Turnitin LTI app), there isn't a way to add a Canvas rubric after the Assignment settings are saved.  The work-around for this is to create an Assignment the normal way (and not selecting External Tool as the Submission Type), and then you can add your rubric.  Next, go back into the editing screen of the Assignment, and change the Submission Type to External Tool.  You can then access your rubric via the SpeedGrader for grading students.  It would be nice to be able to also have an "Add Rubric" button on the screen for those assignments submitted through an External Tool."

 

I don't think I could say it better. We really need this to smooth out the not-so-smooth workflow of adding a rubric to a Turnitin assignment. With how heavily many institutions use Turnitin, this is not so much a feature request as it is a "must."

stevenwilliams
Community Participant

With Turnitin migrating all customers to their LTI tool, this feature would help customers maintain the same functionality offered by the existing Turnitin Legacy integration.

Stef_retired
Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

Schools that are using outcomes in rubrics to capture measurements of course, sub-account, and account-level outcomes mastery don't want their instructors to use the TII rubrics to grade assignments and pass back grades; they want their instructors to use Canvas rubrics to assess mastery of those aligned outcomes. As we get closer and closer to the retirement of the Turnitin (Legacy) API, implementation of this feature idea will become ever more pressing.

jared_flaherty
Community Contributor

Absolutely.  

What if they add the ability to attach a Rubric to any assignment in the course.    Meaning that after you create a Rubric in the Manage Rubrics section of the Outcomes tab, you can then link it to a assignment.

biray
Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. January 6, 2016 - Wed. April 6, 2016.

Check out this doc for additional details about how the voting process works!

asagun
New Member

Just to note also, at this point students cannot view the rubrics at all when using the Turnitin external tool. What use is a rubric on the assignment if the student can't see it?

Stef_retired
Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

asagun​, I will admit right up front that the interim solution I'm proposing is clunky, but it's one that I employed in previous LMSs: I create the rubric, take a screenshot of it, and embed it at the bottom of the assignment instructions.

tknapp
Community Contributor

I did figure out a way for students to view it, but in my opinion it is even clunkier than the one stefaniesanders​ suggested. If students access the assignment through Grades, there is an option to view the rubric in the upper right corner on the Submission Details page (see below). This is definitely not ideal, but the only workaround I've found other than taking a screenshot.

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