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Thoughts on Hacking Canvas: Making the Rubric Tool Work for You


This was an interesting presentation from Penn State about 4 different types of rubrics, since different learning situations may require different rubrics.

For example, if we are facilitating a large course and want to speed up grading, then a detailed Holistic rubric may be the best choice.

The most common type of rubric used in Canvas is the Analytic rubric. When I create these, they usually have column headings such as Exceeds, Meets and Below.

Single-point rubric is very clear for students and open-ended when grading. So, it might be a good choice if the instructor plans to write specific feedback for each student.

The Primary Trait rubric details different levels of performance and I think students would appreciate the simplicity.
However, once it is created in Canvas, it is flipped like this

Of course, we should provide students with the rubric along with the assignment and then grade with the same rubric. Other Best Practices mentioned that are worth implementing:
“Give yourself the “10%” rule the first time you use a rubric,” which means to be flexible 10% in grading when using a rubric for the first time.

“Have students contribute to rubric generation.” Obtaining student input is always worthwhile!

Penn State Resources
Dutton Faculty Development -

Schreyer Institute-


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