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How do I import HSU GEAR Outcomes into my course?

In this tutorial you will learn two methods to import HSU GEAR (General Education and All-University Requirements) Outcomes into your course:

  1. Import a template assignment from Canvas Commons (Template includes a rubric and gear outcome)
  2. Import an Outcome into your own rubric using the Rubric Editor

IMPORTANT! If you would like to use the Outcome as a graded criterion for the assignment, please use Method #2: Import an Outcome using the Rubric Editor where you will have that option.

Method #1: Import a template assignment from Canvas Commons

If you would like to import and edit an entire assignment with a rubric and outcomes attached, use this method.

The assignment template includes a pre-populated rubric that includes the GEAR PILOT SLO4 Outcomes. All GEAR Outcomes in this rubric have been set to "do not use in scoring".

The GEAR SLO4 outcomes have no associated point value for the assignment.

1. Open Commons

From the Canvas Global Navigation Menu, select Commons.

Canvas Global Navigation Menu

2. Find the GEAR Pilot Assignment

In the search bar, type "GEAR Pilot" and and open the following resource shared by Terri Georgopoulos.

3. Import the Resource

From the Import into Canvas panel on the right,

  1. select the course(s) that you would like to import the assignment into, then
  2. click Import into Course.

4. Confirm Import Notification

Confirm that the import has started by viewing the import status notification at the top of your screen.

5. Confirm Imported Assignment

Navigate to the course and confirm that the content has been imported.

You may see the following notification at the top of the Canvas Course.

You can click on Import Status to view the current progress.

Canvas Commons Import Status Notification - currently being imported

6. Duplicate Assignment Template

From the Course Navigation Menu, select Assignments.

Canvas Course Navigation Menu - Assignments button
  1. Click on the three dots button to the right of the newly imported assignment, GEAR PILOT SLO4 Assignment TEMPLATE.
  2. Click Duplicate.

7. Edit Duplicate Assignment

Click on the duplicated assignment, GEAR PILOT SLO4 Assignment TEMPLATE Copy.

Click Edit in the top right.

Rename the assignment in the title bar.

Remove the template instructions and add your assignment instructions using the Rich Content Editor.

Configure the assignment settings as needed.

Canvas Assignment settings - part 1/2
Canvas Assignment settings - part 2/2

Save, or Save & Publish the assignment.

Canvas Assignment - Save, Save & Publish buttons

8. Edit Rubric

After saving the assignment, scroll down to view the attached rubric.

Click the pencil icon in the top right corner to edit the rubric.

A pop-up window will warn you that you are creating a new rubric based on the old one.

Click OK.

Duplicating rubric pop-up warning

Change the Title of the rubric.

Canvas rubric title bar

Add your assignment criteria to the rubric.

If you need help doing this, follow this guide on editing a rubric.

Remove any GEAR outcomes that will not be related to the assignment (click on trash can icon to remove).

Decide whether you would like to use the rubric for grading or for feedback only.

  • When used for grading, clicking on ratings will automatically populate the total assignment score.
  • When not used for grading, you will need to input the assignment score separately from rating criteria.

IMPORTANT NOTE! Notice that the GEAR Outcome (GEAR 4C Using Information) has 4.0 points associated with it. This is a consequence of the individual rating values for the Outcome, and DOES NOT indicate that those 4.0 points will be considered in the overall rubric score. Notice that there are only 5 Total Points.

Save your changes by clicking Update Rubric.

Canvas rubric editor showing update rubric button

9. Repeat

Repeat steps #6-8 for any assignments using the GEAR Outcomes.

  • Step 6: Duplicate Template
  • Step 7: Edit Duplicate Assignment
  • Step 8: Edit Rubric
Method #2: Import an Outcome using the Rubric Editor

If you would like to import individual outcomes into an existing rubric, use this method.

This guide will assume that you have already created an assignment and rubric.

If you need assistance with any part of that process, follow these guides:

1. Import the GEAR SLO 4 Outcomes into your course

From the Course Navigation Menu, click Outcomes.

Canvas Course Navigation Outcomes button

Click on the Find button to open the 'Find Outcomes' dialog.

Canvas Outcomes - Find button

The GEAR Pilot SLO 4 Outcomes are stored several folders deep in the Global Level (HSU) Outcomes. Click into the following folders in this order:

Account Standards --> CSU Humboldt --> HSU INSTITUTIONAL OUTCOMES --> PILOT GEAR ASSESSMENT --> PILOT GEAR SLO 4

Canvas Find Outcomes Menu - Account Standards folder
Canvas Find Outcomes Menu - CSU Humboldt folder
Canvas Find Outcomes Menu - HSU INSTITUTIONAL OUTCOMES folder
Canvas Find Outcomes Menu - PILOT GEAR ASSESSMENT folder
Canvas Find Outcomes Menu - PILOT GEAR SLO 4 folder

Click Import to add this folder of Outcomes to your course.

Canvas will ask you to confirm the import. Click OK.

Canvas Find Outcomes Menu - Confirmation Dialog

2. Attach an Outcome to your Rubric

Return to the assignment and click the pencil icon to edit the Rubric.

Use the Find Outcome button in the Rubric Editor to attach a course level Outcome.

Click on the folder PILOT GEAR SLO 4.

Canvas Find Outcomes dialog - PILOT GEAR SLO 4 folder
  1. Select the Outcome you'd like to use (or start with)
  2. If you would like to use the Outcome as a graded criterion, check the box to Use this criterion for scoring
  3. Click Import

Canvas will ask you again to confirm the import. Click OK.

Canvas Find Outcomes Menu - Confirmation Dialog

The selected Outcome will appear as a criterion in your Rubric.

3. Repeat

Repeat Step #2 for any Outcomes that you'd like to attach to this Rubric.

4. Save the Rubric

Decide whether you would like to use the rubric for grading or for feedback only.

  • When used for grading, clicking on ratings will automatically populate the total assignment score.
  • When not used for grading, you will need to input the assignment score separately from rating criteria.
Canvas Rubric Editor - "Use this rubric for assignment grading" checkbox

Click Update Rubric to save your changes when you are finished editing.

Canvas Rubric Editor - Update Rubric button