Rubrics for Canvas Discussions and Quizzes

You know that you can utilize rubrics in Speedgrader to assess assignments submitted online, but did you know that you can also add them to discussions and quizzes? This is not only a time-saving feature, but provides the additional benefits of ensuring consistent assessment for all students as well as enabling you to provide the students with specific feedback on their work.

Discussion Boards: To add a rubric to a discussion board, click the gear icon next to the “Edit” button after you have saved your discussion, then select “Add Rubric.” Once the discussion is published, students will be able to view the rubric by clicking on the gear icon at the top of the prompt (or the grades tab in the mobile app); they will be able to view completed rubrics from their grades page, just like on assignments. On the instructor end, you will be able to view the rubric in Speedgrader like you would any other assignment, and the calculated grade will pass into the gradebook when you click Save.

Add rubric option in gear icon menu


Quizzes: To add a rubric to a quiz, again click the gear icon next to the “Edit” button after you have saved your quiz, then select “Add Rubric.” Canvas will auto-grade all questions with pre-selected answers, and leave the open-ended questions for you to grade. Quizzes will open in Speedgrader just like an assignment, at which point you can view the rubric. Students will be able to view completed rubrics from their grades tab, just like on assignments. Three helpful hints for quiz rubrics:

1. You can only attach one rubric, so if you will be evaluating multiple questions in this manner, you will need to repeat your criteria for each question on the same rubric.

2. Students will not be able to view the rubric until you have graded the quiz; you may want to consider adding a screenshot of the rubric into the question itself:


3. After saving the rubric scores, you will need to enter the score earned next to each of the short answer questions, and click “Update Scores” for the points to be awarded in the gradebook.

quiz update


Join us next Tuesday (9/27) for a CanvasLIVE presentation at 2pm in D213

The Teaching and Learning Center will be connecting to the live presentation Faculty Tips and Tricks: Hints and Reminders from Peers for Getting the Most out of Canvas presented by Elisabeth Greenwood from the Univesity of Central Florida’s Center for Distributed Learning.  We invite all faculty to join us for both the presentation and discussion afterward.

Program Description: One of your most valuable resources are your colleagues, especially the ones ahead of the pack, testing things out and smoothing the way for those who follow their lead. These tips and tricks are compiled from UCF faculty, often in their own words, of things that work (or didn’t work!) for them in Canvas. Often these are one-time settings that are easy to forget from one term to the next. What started as a one-time, ten-item checklist has grown to a developed resource and links to UCF materials that are available to everyone online. (1 hour)

#TBT: Eliminating “Suggested Videos” from the End of Your Embedded YouTube Videos

Continuing with Throwback Thursday, from November 3, 2014:

Embedding YouTube videos within your Canvas course is a great way to enhance your class and increase student engagement. But what about those pesky “suggested videos” that always show up at the end – and sometimes display images that may not be all that appropriate for general viewing?

Okay, so these aren’t so bad, but you know that sometimes they can be!

Luckily you can switch those off with one minor settings change on the YouTube site:






You just have to know where to find it! Here’s a short video demonstrating how to change the settings and re-embed your YouTube video in Canvas to avoid those suggestions.

p.s. Shout out to Health Careers faculty members Kim DeYoung and Jennifer Rogers, flipped classroom dynamos and inspirations for this post!

Preview New Canvas Features Before They Go Live!

Ever wish you could know what changes are coming to Canvas before they happen? Better yet, that you could experiment with them first before they affect your classes? You can! KCC actually has two different versions of Canvas – the Production environment, and the Beta environment.

1. Production Environment

  • The “real” version of Canvas that you login to at
  • Everything is live and visible to the students, if published

2. Beta Environment

  • This is a copy of the production environment, but includes new features Instructure is planning on releasing in the near future!
  • You can try out the new features, as well as leave feedback about them
  • It resets every three weeks, so that it doesn’t get too far out of sync with your “live” classes
  • No notifications are sent out, no changes are viewed by students

Want to know what changes are coming to Canvas and when? You can stay informed about these by viewing the Release Notes at any time! You can even subscribe to them so they’re sent directly to your inbox.

  • Canvas Beta Release Notes tell you which features will be available to experiment with in the beta environment
  • Canvas Production Release Notes tell you when new features will be rolled out live for everyone
  • Canvas by Instructure (Android/iOS) Notes tell you what’s new with the mobile apps
  • Canvas Studio gives you an idea of some of the projects that are currently being worked on, but not yet ready for beta testing

#TBT: Display Last Names First

Continuing with Throwback Thursday, from September 8, 2015:

Day two of gradebook hints: did you know that Canvas now allows you to list your students with last names first in the gradebook? You can set this up with three clicks!

1 – Within your course, click the Settings tab in the left-hand navigation
2 – Click the Feature Options tab toward the top of the page
3 – Next to Gradebook – List Students by Sortable Name, click On


And that’s all there is to it! When you return to your gradebook for that course, the name change will be updated:


Innovation Dialogues: Now accepting proposal ideas

Innovation Dialogues header imageDo you have a great idea that helps support student success?

Each year the KCC Foundation awards mini-grants to encourage the development of new ideas and/or innovations that support student success.  We’re inviting prospective mini-grant applicants to first submit their idea or topic proposal using this online form.

Then attend our Innovation Dialogue on October 19th, 3:00 – 4:00pm in room L344 to pitch your idea and solicit feedback from other attendees.  You can use the feedback to polish your final grant application which is due October 31st.

More information on Foundation Innovation Grants

#TBT: Excusing Assignments in the Canvas Gradebook

Continuing with Throwback Thursday, from June 29, 2015:

Another feature has been added to make the Canvas gradebook even more flexible – you can now mark an individual student as “excused” from an assignment! To excuse an assignment for a student, enter “EX” (not case sensitive) in the corresponding cell in the gradebook. That item will not be calculated as part of the student’s total grade. The comment field remains open if you wish to include a reason for excusing the student (preview: in a future update, there will also be a dropdown list of possible reasons you can select from as a shortcut).