An instructor can build a rubric or grading guide within Cougar Courses to use when grading a forum using whole forum grading (not available with Ratings). Please see our help guide on forum settings for more information on enabling whole forum grading. A rubric is a series of criterion with levels of achievement for each. When grading a student using a rubric the instructor chooses the level of achievement for each criterion and the overall score is automatically calculated. A grading guide is a series of criterion worth a certain number of points, however there are no levels of achievement. When grading a student using a grading guide the instructor writes comments for each criterion and assigns a score. The overall score is then automatically calculated. If used, the rubric/grading guide is visible to students, both before they post to the Forum and when reviewing their grade and feedback. Once the instructor builds a rubric or grading guide it can be used for any forum in any of their courses.