Here’s a closer look at criteria and levels.
A criterion is a discreet aspect of student work, like accuracy, creativity, or thoroughness. Each criterion should:
Relate to a learning outcome
Be present in the instructions for the assessment
Be distinct from other criteria (You’ll see why that’s so important when you first use your grading rubric.)
Levels allow you to rate (and assign points to) students’ performance and make your ratings transparent. You may choose to use numbers for the levels or descriptive labels (e.g., excellent, good, adequate). Make sure your description of the quality of work for each level and criterion is clear and specific. Generally, defining fewer levels is better. If you have too many levels, you’ll spend too much time rating students’ work. With most assessments, a binary rubric (full points or no points) will suffice for grading.
Rubrics in Canvas & Gradescope
Canvas rubrics can be created and used for Assignments, Quizzes, or graded Discussions. Rubrics also features these options:
Can be used within SpeedGrader
Allow for free-form comments—no ratings are used to assess the student and criterion values are assigned manually.
Rubric points can be excluded from Gradebook
For more information, visit the Canvas Community guide on Rubrics, with instructions on how to add rubrics.
One very important thing to remember is that the possible points in your rubric must match the possible points in the assignment.
Gradescope rubrics are fluid and more flexible than Canvas rubrics, while promoting grading efficiency.
Can import any pre-existing rubric items
Add or edit rubric items on the spot
Any adjustments to a criteria’s point value are applied automatically to already-graded students
Customizable rubric types and score bounds—use positive points, negative points, or a mix of both
Leave free-form comments as feedback or can apply previously used comments.