A rubric is a grading tool to assess performance with a task, and contains a set of criteria with a level of quality for each of the criteria. A rubric simply lists a set of criteria, which defines and describes the important components of the work being planned or evaluated. For example, students giving a research presentation might be graded in three areas; content, display, and presentation. A given criterion is then stated in several different levels of completion or competence, with a weighted score assigned to each level. Rubrics provide objectivity for grading.
Once a rubric is created in Course Tools, it may be reused, or used to create another version of rubric. A default rubric is available (3 rows - criteria and 3 columns - levels of acheivement) to which you may add additional information and change the exisiting criteria. You may use as many rubrics in your course as you desire and they may be attached to assignments, essay and short answer test questions, discussion board postings, blog, journals and wikis. You have the option to display the rubric to the student prior to grading.
The rubric is avialable in either GRID (with cell description) or LIST view (optional cell description). Both views allow you to provide additional feedback and overriding the number of points that are calculated by the rubric.