Part 5: Spring 2017 Labs

56 Rubrics with Dan Pell — 02.03.2017

dan-pellThe February 3, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for creating and using rubrics in Canvas. Daniel Pell shared how he transitioned his D2L rubrics into Canvas and discussed the advantages of using rubrics.


  • Using rubrics can help students better understand assignment objectives, and also helps norm grading between TAs and instructors and streamline the grading process.
  • Plan ahead! Save rubric specs (points, descriptions, etc.) somewhere external from Canvas (e.g. Word doc).
  • Tying rubrics to learning outcomes helps instructors structure their class, and helps students understand what and why they’re learning.
  • Consider whether you want grades to export automatically to students or if you prefer grades to remain hidden while grading.
  • The student view of feedback in Canvas may not be intuitive for your students. Consider walking students through the process of finding their feedback in canvas either in class or via an online tutorial.
  • View the session’s activity sheet for additional support materials.

Active Teaching Labs are held every Friday from 8:45-9:45am (and every other Monday from 12:30pm-1:30pm, see events calendar for dates) in room 120, Middleton Building. Check out the upcoming labs or read the recaps from past labs — or see them all in one place in our new  Active Teaching Lab eJournal ( To stay informed about upcoming Labs, check back to this website or sign up for regular announcements by sending an email to

UW-Madison is transitioning to Canvas as a single, centrally supported LMS, and will discontinue support for D2L and Moodle by 2018. Visit for information and resources.

Watch Dan’s story:

Check out his Prezi slides here.
Want to learn more? Watch the discussion:

Get started with Canvas Rubrics by viewing this overview video from the Canvas Community:




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