Rubrics are a way to set up custom or outcome-based assessment criteria for grading. Here are some helpful instructions for writing effective rubrics:


For help incorporating rubrics in your Canvas course, see these helpful Canvas Guides:

Helpful Tips:

  • Get the wording of your rubric perfected in a Word document first. Then, copy and paste the text into the Canvas rubric tool, line-by-line.  
  • The tiny view boxes in Canvas make typing and proofreading difficult, so get the wording correct first. 
  • Use this blank Rubric Design Outline.docx to design your text in a way that is easier to transfer. 

Benefits of Rubrics

  • Rubrics are a more formal guide to students on how they will be graded.  Students see the grading criteria details in advance so they know where to spend their energy and attention doing assignments.
  • The same Canvas rubric students see with an assignment also displays in Canvas Speedgrader.  This saves you, the instructor, significant time while adding consistency and objectivity to your grading.
  • Grading decisions are specified in advance, so you can mark a box instead of typing the same comments over and over. 
  • Speedgrader comments are still enabled and you can overwrite any grade total/number with your own judgment calls.