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How to quickly get up and running with Kritik

Setting Up Your Course on Kritik

Step 1: Create a Course

Click on the create course card in the Course Lobby. To access the course lobby at any time click on the Kritik Logo on the top left corner.

Kritik Course Panel

Step 2: Fill Out Course Details

Fill out the specifics of your course to set the title, subject matter and description of the course. A syllabus, outline and/or textbook may also be added to the course. You may set the grading scheme here, the default setting is the most common scheme recommended by Kritik.

Kritik Course Forum

Step 3: Editing a Course

To edit, delete or archive a course click the 3 dots in the bottom right of the course card.

Course Edit, Delete and Archive drop down list

Step 4: View Course Details

Once you have finished creating your course it will show up in your active courses list. To enter your course click on the course title.

Kritik Course Lobby

To view your course details at any time click the icon in the left navigation that contains your course Initials

Pink Course Icon

Step 4: Adding TA's/ Co-Instructors

To work on the course with a TA or co-instructor, fill in their email in the box below. Invitations will be sent with additional guidance to the following individuals to enroll.

Invite TA/co-instructors Email box

Managing Students

To enroll, manage, view and remove students, select the student icon on the left navigation.

Kritik Navigation Bar

Inviting Students

Enroll students by entering a list of emails separated by commas or by line-breaks. To do this, click the Invite Students button on the upper right side of the Student Manager page. When Students are invited, they will automatically receive an email notification to enroll the course.

Student Manager

After you send your invite

Invited students will show up in the Pending tab in the student manager.

Pending List

Enrolled Students

When your student has successfully enrolled they will show up under the Enrolled Tab, as shown below.

Enrolled Students

Remove a student

To remove a student from your course, click the 3 dots icon at the end of their student record as shown below.

Removing student on Kritik

Removed students will appear on the top your list in italics with the status changed to removed.

Removed Student

Creating Activities and Rubrics


1.How to Create an Activity
2. Activity Templates
3. Rubric Breakdown
4. How to Save a Rubric
5. Changing an Activity Type
6. Setting Submission Restrictions

How to Create an Activity


To create an activity, enter your course by clicking the title on the course card. Next, click on the activities tab on the left navigation. Then, on the top right of the activities page click on Create Activity

Creating an Activity Navigation

Activity Templates

Kritik offers four activity templates that are explicitly designed with the structure of Bloom’s Taxonomy. These are only suggestive templates, and may be customized.

Activity selection drop down menu

Bloom's Taxonomy

Our templates for our activities include higher order thinking skills from Bloom's Taxonomy. Learn more about Bloom's Taxonomy here (HYPERLINK)

Bloom's Taxonomy Hierarchy

Create a Question

Students are required to formulate a higher order thinking question that is focused on course material. This question aims at assessing the complexity, depth, reach, and importance of the problem.

Create an Essay

Students are encouraged to write a controversial opinion or subject-based argumentative essay. Students are assessed on their thought clarity, accuracy, creative, critical thinking, source and evidence.

Create Content to Teach Peers

Students are asked to teach content to their peers in a way that promotes higher content retention among their peers. Students are assessed on the basis of content organization, relevance, clarity and knowledge.

Creative Communication

Students are expected to express the content of the course in a creative manner (i.e. through illustration, infographic, short video, or anything that helps to convey the message more easily than plain text). Creations are assessed by organisation, knowledge, text, readability, creativity and visual aids.

Activity Forum

Part 1: Introducing the Activity

All activity templates can be customized. Titles should be no more than 3-5 words, so that the activity can be recognized by your students. The objective can include any learning outcomes from the activity. Lastly, for Instructions video, tables, or bullet forms can be used to provide guidance for your students to carry out the activity.

Activity Forum
Attaching Files

If you wish to attach a more detailed file for instructions, online resource or textbook click on + Files

File Attachment button
Part 2: Rubric Breakdown

Kritik offers a variety of rubric templates that can be accessed by clicking on "Load Saved Rubric."

Load a Saved Rubric Button

If you want to customize a rubric, simply double-click the cell you want to edit and press Enter once complete.

Rubric Cell Text box
Creating a New Rubric

If you want to start a rubric from scratch, you can clear your rubric by clicking the Clear Cells button in the bottom right corner

Clear Cells Button
Adding Criteria or Levels

To add a criteria, click on the + Criteria button on the lower left corner of the rubric box. To add another level click on the + Level on the lower right corner of the rubric box.

Rubric box
Deleting Criteria or Levels

To delete criteria, select the criteria that you wish to remove. Then, on the lower left corner of the rubric box, click on the - Selected Criteria button. Levels are removed from maximum to minimum. Click the -Last Level button to delete last level.

Rubric Levels and Criteria

If you wish to set a pass level for an activity, click Use Pass Level under Grading. Here you can set the minimum level required for passing the activity on any or all of the criteria.

Part 3: How to Save a Rubric
Saving this Rubric toggle

Switch on the Save this Rubric toggle, to save a rubric as a template. Enter a name for the rubric to reference in the future. Once the activity is officially created, rubrics are saved afterwards.

Rubric Template Title
Loading a Saved Rubric

By clicking the Load a Saved Rubric button located at the top left corner of the rubric you can find any rubric saved on the Kritik.

Saving a Rubric
Part 4: Editing Activity Type

Activities are set automatically as individual. If you want to create a group activity, simply click on "Assign to Groups" and assign a group set to the activity. Learn more about  group activities.

Assigning Group Activities
Part 5: Setting Restrictions

Under the Advanced Settings drop-down menu, you can restrict student creation submissions from uploading certain file extensions and set the maximum number of evaluations students will receive for evaluation.

Advanced Setting Drop Menu to set file restrictions

Scheduling an Activity

After you have created an activity, you can schedule it by clicking on the activity in the activity list. Then click the schedule activity button in the top right corner as shown below.

Purple Schedule an Activity button

Add the dates

Use the schedule activity form to select the start and due dates for your activity.

Schedule Activity Page

After scheduling

After you schedule your activity, you will see the schedule on the right hand side of the activity as shown below

Creation Stage Deadline

Running Activities

How to administer activities and monitor them. All activities span four core stages:

1. Creation Stage
2. Evaluation Stage
3. Feedback Stage
4. Grading Stage

Activity Overview

You can see the progress of an activity by clicking the activity tab on the course navigation on the left hand side. You can track the progress of an activity, what stage it is in, and when the stage ends as shown below.

Activity Indicators
Type of Activity

Group activities are marked with an indication label.

% Complete

Percentage of students that completed the activity stage

Stage Label

Current Stage the activity is in

Due Date

Shows how much time is due until the current stage.

Creation Stage

Reviewing Student Progress

Enter the activity to access student submissions. Under the creation list, you can view the students who submitted or missed a creation. To filter creations by name or date, click on the drop down menu on the top right corner.

Creation List Filters

Evaluation Stage

As an activity enters the evaluation stage, professors can view the number of evaluation assessments completed over the number of evaluations assigned in the creation list.

To view a students work, click on their name in the Creation List. Under the Creation tab you will be provided their creation, overall creation score achieved and all the evaluations received on their creation.

Student Overall Creation Score

If comments made by an evaluator is impressive or take the wrong direction, professors can make a direct comment.

Red outlined Comment on Evaluation button

To review all the evaluations a student completed, enter the student's creation and click on the Evaluation tab.

Pink Evaluation Tab on Kritik

Feedback Stage

View Feedback-on-Feedback

In this stage, professors can view the feedback provided by a student on the evaluations they received on their creation. In the creation list enter the creation of a student, and the feedback-on-feedback submission can be found under the Create tab.

Feedback-on-Feedback Purple Motivational and Critical Scales
Flagged Comments
Red Flagged icon

Students can flag comments that they consider to be offensive or too harsh. A red flag symbol, next to their name, will appear. Professors have the right to delete the comment only in the Feedback Stage.

Red Remove Comment button

Grading Stage

If you would like to see how a student performed compared to the class, click the View Class Average Button. Or if you would like to refer to the rubric, click View Rubric Text

Overall Creation Score
Edit a Grade

From time to time you may want to intervene and edit a students grade. To do so, you click the Edit Score button and select the grade you feel is appropriate.

Golden Evaluation stars

After you have successfully changed a grade you will see a green check beside the students name. This check indicated the grade was modified by the professor.

Green checkmark icon reviewed by professor
Grade Disputes
Red raised hand icon for disputed score

Students may challenge their creation score, but they need to provide an explanation. The red person icon represents a grade dispute, and if they choose to, professors have the option to edit scores and respond to disputes. If edited, the icons will appear green and the student and professor will be shown a checkmark icon indicating the grades have been revised. Once an activity is finalized, grades cannot be edited.

Handling Disputes

Group Activities

What are Group Sets?

Group Set Panel

A group set is a set of groups that are automatically generated by Kritik to use for group activities. As only the students who are enrolled are grouped, they can be rearranged at any time. Also, groups are automatically assigned a leader, which can be changed.

How to Create and Manage Group Sets

Creating a Group Set

Tap the Student icon to reach the student manager page to create a group set. To have an overview of any group sets generated in the past, tap on the Groups tab. Next, click on "New Group Set" to create a group set, and leave a group title to use when assigning potential group activities to it. A reminder will be provided, indicating the number of students who have yet to enroll. Students must be added manually into groups once they have enrolled.

Adding Unassigned Students

To change leadership or move one student from one group to another tap on the three dots beside their name.

Changing Group Leaders

How to Set Up Group Activities

Group Activity Indication

Once you've created a group set, simply click on Create activity to create a group activity. Click "Assign Groups" under Activity type and select the group set you would like to assign the activity to

Assigning group sets

The Gradebook Guide

How to Download the Gradebook

To download the gradebook at anytime click the icon  in the left navigation that contains your course initials. The gradebook can export into either Excel or Numbers as a compatible spreadsheet file.

Pink Course icon

Understanding the Gradebook

Each sheet contains student information including their Full name, Student ID and Student Email. The tab named "Overall" is where a student's current grade from all finalized activities can be found.

Current Grade on Gradebook spreadsheet

The Creation score, Participation score, and Kritik Score for an activity can be found under each activity tab. Scores are distributed depending on what has been earned by the students on Kritik and the grading system set up for the course.

Creation Score on Grade Book

Late Submissions

Students who missed submitting their creation will still have a chance to complete the Evaluation stage only. Any late-submitters will be assigned to evaluate peer creations, providing them with a partial credit for the activity and their Kritik score.

What Next?

Please contact our live chat and let our agent know if you want us to accept late submissions. Next, notify any late submitters to send their submissions to Kritik via the Live Chat, so that we can upload them on their behalf. Also, the professor must manually grade the submissions.

Kritik Support Team Icon

Calibration Feature

A calibration activity helps align student grading with how you would grade, improving your student's grading accuracy.

How Calibration Works?

For any finalized activity, the overall creation score a student earns is the weighted average of each peer evaluator score on their creation, multiplied by the peer evaluator's grading score. The grading score reflects the quality of the grading skill of that student.

Creation score and Peer Evaluation

The students' evaluation scores are calibrated through the calibration feature. A professor will review and evaluate three creations of a previously finalized activity. Students will then evaluate the same three creations and have their evaluations provided for those same creations compared with the evaluations provided by the professor.

Student profile Icon and grading score

What Next?

It is best to conduct calibrations at the start of the term.  To do this up, simply click on "Create Activity." Under "Activity Type" select "Calibration Activity."  Note, at least one activity needs to be finalized to create a calibration activity.

Calibration Activity

Next, choose three sample creations to be reviewed from that finalized activity. Creations are listed from highest to lowest achieved score. We recommend the three creations vary from high, medium, and low quality for a successful calibration.

Selecting Calibrations

Click on "Edit Grade" to provide a creation score on the three creations. By editing the calibration grades, this won't change the student's grades on the actual activity.

Edit Grades Button

Note that there is only the evaluation stage when the calibration activity is scheduled. Students are only required to grade the three submissions selected previously.

Calibration activity on Kritik Score Graph

Students who have closely matched the professor’s grade will get a higher grading score for the calibration activity. The higher the grading score the student achieves, the greater the impact they will have on future activities when assessing other students' creations.

Managing Courses

Create a course

Click on the create course card in the Course Lobby. To access the course lobby at any time click on the Kritik Logo in the Top Left.

Course Details

Fill out your course details.

Finished Creating a course

Once you have finished creating your course it will show up in your active courses list.

Edit a course

To edit, delete or archive a course click the 3 dots in the bottom right of the course card.

View Course Details

To view your course details at any time click the icon in the left navigation that contains your course Initials