Using outcomes to assess assignments
Once outcomes are in Canvas, you can align them to assignments and set up how you want them to be used to suit your course. The settings allow you to use the outcomes as an indication, but also as a final assessment. You can choose to remove the levels of the outcomes and only use comments, and in a similar way use them for peer review.
Align outcomes to assignments
To add one or more outcomes, you select "+ Rubric" from the overview of the assignment you want to assess with outcomes.
Find an outcome to add
Add an outcome by choosing "Find outcome" and selecting the outcome you want to use from the list. Remember to remove the empty default criterion from the rubric. If you want to add more outcomes, choose Find outcome again and select a new outcome from the list.
Select alternatives for the rubric aligning the outcome to the assignments
Below, the settings for common ways to work with rubrics are described. You can use rubrics with or without points for assesment of work, and you can use them to give feedback that isn't part of the final assessment.
Assessment without points in the rubric (recommended)
Select "Remove points from rubric". If you want to asses only with outcomes and without summing up, you can in the settings for the assignment select "Not Graded". If you still want to sum up the assessment, you can in the assignment settings select "Points" or "Letter grade".
Assessment with points in the rubric
It is easier to use points directly in the assignment than through the rubric, and points in the rubric can easily be confusing for the student. If you still want to use points in the rubric, it is recommended that you set it up so that the results from outcomes aren't added together to a total result. The algorithm for how rubrics are totaled seldom work as planned, so select "Hide score total for assessment results" and fill out the assessment total manually.
Feedback without assessment
If the rubric is going to be used to, for example, give feedback on an assignment draft, you may not want to publish the results. Then select "Don’t post outcomes results to learning mastery gradebook". Also select the appropriate assignment settings.
Assessment with free-form comments or peer review
You can also use rubrics with outcomes without levels, and only give feedback and assessment through comments on each outcome. The same rubric settings are also good to use for peer review of assignments .
Alternatives to select for assessment with free-form comments or for peer review:
- "I’ll write free-form comments when assessing students"
- "Remove points from rubric"
- "Don’t post outcomes results to learning mastery gradebook".
Assessing with partial points with the help of outcomes
You can use outcomes to compile partial points of one or more assignments in Canvas. Read more about what settings to use for this on the page Using outcomes to assess with partial points .
Finishing the rubric
Create the rubric when you are satisfied with your selections.
Now the rubric is connected to the assignment.
Grading with outcomes in the SpeedGrader
When you are going to assess an assignment with outcomes, it can only be done through the SpeedGrader. When you are in the SpeedGrader, choose "View rubric" in order to fill out the student’s mastery. You can use "view longer description" to see the full description of the outcome.
Select the level that the student has achieved for each outcome and remember to save. You cannot remove filled out boxes from a rubric after you have saved, which is important to note if the assessment is set to be visible to the students. See the heading "When you are done grading" on the page Assess documents in Canvas .
If you have chosen to remove the points from the rubric, you have to fill in the assessment manually in the box for assessment.
Keep reading to learn to activate the Gradebooks for learning mastery for both teachers and students .