Emily Springfield

Teacher Rubric Enhancements

Discussion created by Emily Springfield on Mar 29, 2018
Latest reply on May 2, 2018 by Super Panda


Changes to the Teacher app to make rubrics work more consistently


Describe your mobile idea.

  1. Load dashboard and to-do lists faster. (I sometimes get a notification that there's something to grade in to-do and it takes minutes for the item itself to show up)
  2. On the rubrics, arrange grade categories from highest (left) to lowest (right), to match the Canvas desktop experience
  3. Have option to expand all descriptions at once - e.g., to change from the "dots with point values" view into "rows with full criteria descriptions." This would be a mobile-friendly view of a grid-based rubric, essentially listing each rating column vertically, perhaps like this:
    Criteria 1
    Excellent - All items complete; extra polish; sprinkles on top5
    Satisfactory - All items complete3
    Unsatisfactory - Incomplete1


How will this mobile idea benefit Canvas users?

In our school, rubrics are mostly used to assess student performance on clinical tasks - observational assessments, not assessments of submitted works. We have many faculty grading each assignment, so there is a strong need for them to see the rating descriptions (which will hopefully improve inter-rater reliability). They may also need to move back and forth between browser- and app-based grading. So it's very important that the two formats mirror each other as much as possible. 


Share a use case.

Student A has completed her clinical case. Grader Q pulls out her phone, opens the Canvas Teacher app, and IMMEDIATELY (not after 10 seconds) sees her list of courses. She navigates to the correct course/assignment/student and swipes up to see the grading rubric. She taps the "Expand all" button and now sees the rubric as a modified grid, with all descriptions written out in full. The "top level" rating is listed at the top or left of each list, just like on the browser-based view. She taps each criteria she wants to select, then clicks "Done."




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