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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.

155 Comments
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
Community 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
Community Member

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

kurt_hayes
Community Participant

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.

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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
Instructure

Hi,

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

Thanks!

mpoole
Community Participant

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.

kkarnani
Community Member

I'd like this feature request to go through so it makes it easier for faculty to go in and copy rows through a rubric instead of having to go in and add 5 ratings over and over again, they could just copy and past the rating section.

lse224
Community Champion

This wasn't on the plan for development for "the next 6 months" as of 12 months ago. Any word on whether this MUCH-NEEDED feature will get some attention soon?

I've been working so much with rubrics and outcomes (as you will have the opportunity to hear at InstructureCon 2016), but these two features are SO INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATING. What is the use of measuring if they're impossible for faculty to use?

lmittleman
Community Member

Yes, please, feature designers, give us a way to reorder criteria within the rubrics and/or the ability to add a criteria in the place within the list of our choosing!

gmm193
Community Participant

This went into consideration in 2015 and nothing has happened yet. I can see more ideas exactly like this that have come up. I was going to create one myself. It would be so great to be able to move around rows and columns so you don't have to delete half your rubric every time you realize you want to add a row later on. This does not happen as a result of poor planning but typical series of events that go like this: 1. You think you made a perfect rubric. 2. After grading a few assignments, you realize you need to split a row into two rows or add in a row you had not anticipated using.

Complicated workaround are not desired. Something simple like how items in modules can be moved up and down would be perfect.

- Glenna (Penn State U)

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
  Idea is currently in Product Radar Learn more about this stage...
chofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Woot woot!  Thanks for the update,  @Renee_Carney ​.

careysmith
Community Member

Definitely need to be able to insert a row, edit a rubric for typos or points, etc.

amcanar
Community Participant

This is a common sense feature!  Also we should be able to copy and paste criterion rows--this would make it a lot quicker and easier to make minor changes between the descriptions of each criterion rather than having to re-build each row from scratch for each new criterion.

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