Align an Outcome with a Rubric in Canvas

You can align any outcome in your account to a rubric. Rubrics are used to help students understand expectations for an assignment and how their submissions will be graded. Outcomes can be aligned with a rubric for additional assessment and measurable performance.

To align an outcome, the outcome must already exist for your account. Learn how to create account outcomes External Link Icon .

Note: Outcomes can be added to rubrics, but rubrics cannot be added to outcomes. Rubrics cannot be edited once they have been added to more than one assignment in a course.

In your Course Navigation, click the Rubrics link

Open rubrics


Click the name of a rubric

Open desired rubric


To create a new rubric, click the Add Rubric button

Add rubric button


Click the Edit Rubric button

Edit rubric button


Click the Find Outcome link

Find outcome icon

  1. Locate and select the outcome you want to align

  2. If you want to use the criterion for scoring, click the Use this criterion for scoring checkbox

  3. Click the Import button 

Outcome window

Note: Available outcomes may vary by institution.

Click the OK button

Confirm import

  1. View the aligned outcome
  2. Click the Update Rubric button

Update rubric button

Video Tutorial

This short video will walk you through the process of aligning an outcome with a rubric in Canvas.