Part 6: Fall 2017 Labs

80 Assessments, Assignments, and Rubrics with Debra Shapiro — 10.12.2017

In the 10.12.2017 Active Teaching Lab, Debra Shapiro shared useful strategies for assessing learning through the use of assignments, grades, and rubrics. 


Participants brought their laptops and mobile devices to get hands-on experience with Canvas tools as a student and used a Sandbox course to work with the tools as an instructor.


  • Encourage students to explore professional identity by curating examples of professional activities.
  • Promote the modeling of professional work in student assignments by making the in-course writing reflect professional writing activities.
  • Use holistic rubrics to guide students as they do their assignments.
  • Give students choices of assignments — pick 4 of 6 options, for example 
  • Organize a group project with modules and pages. Make a module for a group project and include a page for each component of the complex project. Use a non-graded Assignment (page) with an overview, description, and links to the separate project components to make sure it gets to students’ calendars.

Active Teaching Labs are held Fridays from 8:30-9:45am (and every other Thursday from 1-2pm, see events calendar for dates) in room 120, Middleton Building. Check out upcoming labs or read recaps from past labs. To stay informed about upcoming Labs, sign up for regular announcements by sending an email to

Watch Debra’s story:

Get started with the assignments in Canvas:


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