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Is it possible to copy/duplicate rubrics?

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Is it possible to copy or duplicate a rubric? I use the same basic rubric for every project but change some of the details each time. I'd like to be able to create my general rubric and then copy it, instead of having to build basically the same structure from scratch each time.

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kona
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aa96a3f048cdb775279b489381f0bb91112d81d9bbe8978a9397b4e3a266bd0e​, built into Canvas directly, no. Is it possible, yes! Basically you need to use the "Import Content into this Course" tool in Canvas to copy the rubric you want back into the course. See directions below:

While in the course that has the rubric, go to your course settings and click on "Import content into this course." Click "copy a Canvas course" from the drop down and type in the name of the course you are in (yes, you are going to basically copy your rubric back into the course!). VERY important here - make sure and click the "Select specific content" option - then click Import.

When the button comes up for you to select your content, click on it and then find the rubric (or rubrics) you want to copy from the list of your course content and "select content".

Once it's done you will see a copy of your rubric in your Rubric list, make sure and update the name of this copy before making any additional copies of the rubric (if needed).

I also created a quick video showing and explaining these directions - 08.19.2015-10.20.05 - KonaJones's library

Hope this helps!

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kona
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aa96a3f048cdb775279b489381f0bb91112d81d9bbe8978a9397b4e3a266bd0e​, built into Canvas directly, no. Is it possible, yes! Basically you need to use the "Import Content into this Course" tool in Canvas to copy the rubric you want back into the course. See directions below:

While in the course that has the rubric, go to your course settings and click on "Import content into this course." Click "copy a Canvas course" from the drop down and type in the name of the course you are in (yes, you are going to basically copy your rubric back into the course!). VERY important here - make sure and click the "Select specific content" option - then click Import.

When the button comes up for you to select your content, click on it and then find the rubric (or rubrics) you want to copy from the list of your course content and "select content".

Once it's done you will see a copy of your rubric in your Rubric list, make sure and update the name of this copy before making any additional copies of the rubric (if needed).

I also created a quick video showing and explaining these directions - 08.19.2015-10.20.05 - KonaJones's library

Hope this helps!

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I did this and it didn't create a duplicate, it just overwrote the original (even though I had changed its name).  I think that perhaps each rubric is assigned a number and if you reimport that rubric, it overwrites it instead of duplicating it.  This seems like a more recent issue, since this work around worked in the past.

If you import from course 1 into course 2 and then try to import a rubric from course 1 into course 2 again (to create a duplicate) it won't work. I just tested this last night. Yet, if you copy course 2 (specific rubric) into course 2 then it will create a duplicate. I tested this last night and it worked - it just added a (1) to the end of the duplicate rubric.

jim1
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Thank you, Kona Jones  - great, clear lesson.

smmeza
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Great explanation. Worked perfect for me. This saves tons of time.

Yes, you can copy a rubric (at least now in Feb 2017.)  Here are the key sentences from the Canvas Guides on managing rubrics:

If a rubric has been used in more than one assignment, the Edit Rubric button is not available.

However, you can create a copy of a rubric and make any changes when adding a rubric to an assignment.

Thank you Kona--that was exactly the help I needed. I'm pretty much of a dope and your instructions were precise and clear, step by step. Took some toggling back and forth--you say do this, I toggle and do this, toggle back, get the next step. But it solved my problem which was to create an identical rubric that had a different number of points attached. Most appreciative!

Yay! Glad you got it to work! 

Not bad, Kona. Not bad. I don't always like workarounds, but when I do, I listen to Kona.