Adding Rubrics to Harmonize Discussions (Canvas)

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Harmonize can take the instructions that you have built for your discussion topic, either on your own or through prompt generation feature, and build a set of focus areas or even an entire rubric that will be synced back to your course and available in SpeedGrader for grading.

Already have rubrics in your course that you'd like to use?  No problem! You can associate your existing rubrics with a Harmonize discussion assignment as well.


Please Note: Associating rubrics requires use of the Canvas API and requires an additional Developer Key to be installed with additional permissions by your Canvas Administrator. See Configuring Canvas API in Harmonize for more information.


Generating a Rubric in Harmonize

To start, open your Harmonize discussion assignment and click the Edit button:

Discussion Topic Edit Button.png


If you see an Authorize Canvas Extensions button at the top of the Topic Settings page, click it and follow the instructions for enabling syncing between Harmonize and your Canvas course (including rubric syncing):

Discussion: Topic Setttings Page Authorize Canvas Extensions Button


Before you can begin generating a rubric, you need to instructions to your discussion.  You can do that by adding text in the Instructions tab or clicking on Generate Prompt to quickly build an engaging topic prompt (see our guide for more details: Harmonize Brainstorm):

Discussion: Topic Settings Page Instructions Tab


Now, scroll down to the bottom of the instructions and click on the Generate Focus Areas button:

Discussion: Topic Settings Generate Focus Areas Button


A dialog will open as your topic instructions are in the background to ChatGPT to produce a set of 4 criteria we call Focus Areas:

Rubrics: Generate Focus Areas Dialog Active Generaiton


Once this process completes, you'll be presented with 4 Focus Areas, each with a title and a description.  In this view, you can edit any of the titles or descriptions, removing any you do not want by clicking the trashcan button, and even add your own Focus Areas by clicking Add Focus Area button.  When you're happy with your Focus Areas, click the Next button:

Rubrics: Edit Focus Areas Next Button


At this point you, if you do not intend to grade with a rubric but want to use the Focus Areas as guide for student work, click the Use Focus Areas Only button.  If you intend to grade with a rubric, click the Generate Full Rubric button to continue with the full rubric generation:

Rubrics: Generate Rubric Decision Dialog


When you click Generate Full Rubric, Harmonize will take the Focus Areas and create 4 ratings for each focus area:

Rubrics: Generate Full Rubric Generate Ratings Active Generation


Once each Focus Area's ratings have been generated, you'll have several options for adjusting your rubric:

  • Click the Reverse Rating Order button to toggle order of the ratings
  • Click the Edit (pencil) button next to the rating labels to adjust their names
  • Click the Edit (pencil) button next to any Focus Area row to edit the text and/or the points of any of the ratings in that row
  • Click the Regenerate (cycle) button next to any Focus Area row to get updated rating text for each rating from ChatGPT (useful if you've recently changed the title or description of the Focus Area)

Rubrics: Edit Rubric Ratings Buttons


If you need to make any adjustments to the Focus Areas, click the Back button to return to the previous dialog.  Once you're happy with the rubric, click the Save Rubric button:

Rubrics: Edit Rubric Ratings Save Rubric Button


Your Focus Areas will now be viewable in your topic instructions.  Click the View Full Rubric button to view the entire rubric include descriptions for both Focus Areas and Ratings.  Make any other adjustments you need to your topic settings and then click the Publish button:

Discussion: Topic Settings Focus Areas Section Publish Button


Upon publishing, the Focus Areas and full rubric will be viewable to students as part of the instructions for the discussion and the rubric will be synced to your course in Canvas and associated to the assignment:

Discussion: Instructions Focus Areas Student View


When you're ready to grade the discussion assignment in SpeedGrader, be sure to click the View Rubric button to expand out the rubric.  See the following Canvas guide for grading with rubrics in SpeedGrader: How do I use a rubric to grade submissions in SpeedGrader?

Canvas SpeedGrader: View Rubric Button


Associate an Existing Rubric with Harmonize

If you have an existing rubric in your Canvas course that you would like to use with your Harmonize discussion assignment, simply scroll to the bottom of the assignment page in Canvas and click the + Rubric button to select the rubric of your choosing:

Canvas Assignment Page: + Rubric Button






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