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Rubric with Point Ranges

Rubric with Point Ranges

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

  

Please add the ability to assign point ranges within a rubric rating. I came from Blackboard which supported this feature and it was very useful in distinguishing levels of proficiency.

 

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For more information, please read through Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-10-07) 

25 Comments
Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @dcollier ​, similar feature ideas, such as and were put before the Community for consideration in previous voting cycles, but in each case failed to receive enough votes to move forward to the next stage. As opinions and priorities among Canvas users change, your newly-submitted idea might gain more popularity this time around, and I would expect it to be moved forward for consideration in the next voting period.

For what it's worth, I'll vote for it when it opens. I currently employ a workaround in which I make each rubric worth 100 points, and put point values on my rows commensurate with the relative importance of that particular criterion. Within the cells, I show the ranges for each cell in the text of the cell itself. Last, although I've been using the "Use this rubric for grading" setting on my rubrics for many years, a kind member of the Community advised me not to do so; that way, I can click on each of the cells and then use the Grade field at the top to fudge the score relative to the number of points I actually want to assign for each cell and row.

It's easier than it sounds. Nevertheless, I would love to see Canvas rubrics support point ranges.

jordan
Community Member

186577_pastedImage_3.pngThank you for your Feature Idea submission. We wanted to call your attention to the feature ideas that Stefanie just referred you to: and   which were submitted in a different voting period, but archived due to lack of votes or inadequate response. You may want to reference this idea for insight.

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dcollier
Community Member

Stephanie,

I’m brand new to canvas. Is there a chance you could screenshot your rubric and send it to me?

Thanks for your feedback and your vote.

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

Sure,  @dcollier ​! I tinker with my rubrics all the time, so I'll provide two different iterations for your consideration.

rubric-with-point-ranges.png

rubric-with-point-ranges-example-1.png

You'll see that in the second one, I tried to save a little bit of real estate by putting the longer descriptions in the "view longer description" popup that appears under the title of the criterion.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. July 6, 2016 - Wed. October 5, 2016.

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

krugel
Community Member

The only aspect of Canvas that concerned me was the rubric feature.  I need the point-range feature, so I'm all for Stephanie's idea.  I also like the sliding range previously suggested. 

cbarger
Community Member

I know many of our instructors would like to see this feature implemented. We are coming from another LMS that had this ability. It allowed the instructors the flexibility that they needed as well as the structure that the rubric provided.

garth
Surveyor II

I have received similar feedback from a few faculty, and definitely see the value of this feature.

Thinking of Speed Grader, will the instructor need to type in the points for each rating?

Will clicking on a rating default to the highest point value in the range?  Or the lowest?  Middle?

I'm interested to see how the range is implemented.

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

This is an incredibly interesting feature for me, because, as I mentioned upthread, I already use a workaround to incorporate point ranges into my rubrics and assignment grading. So speaking strictly from the standpoint of how I'm currently using it, I'd be happy if I could type in a value that falls within a range and have the rubric highlight the appropriate cell. I have used a different LMS--some of the contributors to this thread have probably used the same one--where teachers have to select the correct number of points from a dropdown in each cell (and that only after designing the rubric to specifically allow for that). I suspect implementation of that design would take a lot of the "speed" out of SpeedGrader.

leslieahendrix
Surveyor

I love the way the rubric works in Canvas currently and am for implementing the suggested change unless it takes away speed or restricts me from what I am currently doing. I currently use the rubric feature to grade each question on a statistics assignment with each question worth a certain number of points. I click the points they earned for each question and save, give feedback and am on to the next submission.

I have tried the rubric in Blackboard and it is awful for my needs. Implementing the rubric as is done in Blackboard would be an enormous downgrade and tie my hands.

I have not used rubrics in any other LMS so I cannot imagine anything other than these two.

garth
Surveyor II

This idea has been rolling around in my head.

It seems to me that the idea of a "criteria" with "ratings" is that it makes it easy for the instructor to determine how to grade the student based on the requirements, and makes it easy for the student to understand how they were graded and where they fell short.

If you allow for a range of points on a "rating", then doesn't that suggest that the rating itself should be a "criteria"?

It suggests to me that there are multiple scoreable requirements for that rating, making it a "criteria" with multiple ratings to define the possible points for each requirement.

If I am only given partial points for a "rating", which requirement in that rating did I miss?  Why did I get partial points?

By allowing for partial points, it would seem to be introducing grey area.

I'm not an expert by any means, please be patient as I try to wrap my head around this. 

Sometimes my brain is too rigid logically and I think too "black-and-white", sorry.

Learn me up : )

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @garth , these are awesome questions that are part of my thought process when I create my rubrics (which I consider a work in progress, because I'm always tweaking them from semester to semester).  I assign 100 points to all of my assignments, so I want the rubric criteria rows to add up to 100--which means that I might have one row worth 45 (e.g. Content), another worth 20 (Structure) and a third worth 35 (Grammar & Mechanics). Within those rows, I've got probably five cells--my ratings--and within each of those cells, I not only use a range but also quantify what underlies the points possible in that range. For example, the highest score in Grammar would be "Perfect, no errors"  (e.g. Full Marks). The next cell would read "3-5 errors." (The numbers in those cells depend on the length of the assignment; I allow fewer errors for a 300-word essay than I would in a 2000-word paper, so I use different rubrics for those two assignments). And, when I grade the work, I actually mark the errors on the students' documents, so students can quickly count and see, "Yes, I had 4 grammatical errors, so I can see why I got a partial score for that cell." It's not always possible to quantify a criterion, but I will say that after five years and thousands of students, I haven't had a single question on the order of, "Why did I get partial points for that criterion?"

You can see the screenshots of some of my rubrics upthread. I'd find built-in support for ranges helpful in speeding up my grading workflow.

Does this help clarify it?

garth
Surveyor II

stefaniesanders The additional perspective helped to clarify your screen shots in my mind.

Totally understand, thank you : )

mcsmith
Instructure
Instructure

Thank you so much for the additional information each of you provided. As mentioned there are some work arounds to accomplish point ranges. Thank you stefaniesanders for your input there! I loved reading the discussions on this post. We are looking into a variety of ways to enhance rubrics: feedback only (i.e. no points), weighted rubrics, rubrics with percents, and point ranges.  The team responsible for this work is already at capacity with the outcome alignment and quizzes work. We will be moving this idea to Product Radar, so don't forget to bookmark or follow it to receive updates.

newbym
Surveyor

I would be curious to know how this works for you when grading. When I setup a rubric and selected a cell with a point range and then manually changed the score down (but still in the range) the cell no longer stayed highlighted for students when viewing the graded rubric. What has your experience been?

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @newbym ‌, yes, what you've described is indeed the case. I sidestep that by adjusting the total points (in the grade field at the top), not the points in each row of the rubric. If you adopt this workflow, the cells you have highlighted in the rubric remain highlighted. Students won't be able to see exactly what they received for each row of the rubric--but as long as the total points is higher than the sum of the points in each of the rows, students will not complain. I can vouch for that. I've used this approach to grade literally thousands of submissions, and have never received a single complaint or question about the discrepancy. 🙂

newbym
Surveyor

Thanks Stephanie. I worked through this again but I guess I am not clear on how students don’t see the scores in each row. For my test student I saw the manual score I adjusted. When showing the rubric the cell I highlighted stayed as selected. However the Point cell to the right still displays the max points involved. Can you clarify?

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @newbym ‌, to be honest, I'm not sure what you're doing or seeing, or how you've created the rubric ranges. I suggest you post a question in the https://community.canvaslms.com/community/answers?sr=search&searchId=f5afdb18-c454-4c00-8507-8d4e2cb...‌ space with a screencast so we can help you out.

joealkus
Community Member

I too am a recent convert to canvas (because my university unilaterally changed LMS systems).  I think Canvas' current rubric is insufficient and I would love to see a sliding scale similar to Blackboard.  Has anyone used a rubric in lieu of the online Canvas rubric that has a sliding scale?

erinhmcmillan
Community Team
Community Team
Comments from Instructure

For more information, please read through Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-10-07)