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Extra Credit

Due to default gradebook settings, an extra credit item can only be calculated when placed within a weighted category (i.e, in the Quiz category). The system will tally all non-extra credit assignments in this category first, and then add in the extra credit points (please note, a category cannot exceed a maximum of 100 total points). As a result, extra credit will have greatest impact at the category-level (as opposed to the overall grade). To determine how much weight to give your extra credit item, we recommend reaching out to us directly for assistance.

To make a quiz/assignment extra credit:

  1. Select 'Gradebook setup' from your gear menu,
    OR
  2. Access your gradebook from the menu bar above your course homepage and select 'Gradebook setup' from the dropdown menu on the left. 
  3. Locate the quiz/assignment you wish to use as extra credit.
  4. In the 'Actions' column to right of the item, click 'Edit.'
  5. From the dropdown menu, select 'Edit settings.'
  6. In the 'Parent category' pane, click the 'Extra credit' checkbox.
  7. Click 'Save changes.' This item will now be considered extra credit, as signified by the + sign to the right of the item points.

Alternately, if you want to impact students' overall grades directly (as opposed to at the category-level), consider manually adding extra credit points to their course totals. Please note, these additional points would have to be added in after final grades have been calculated. In this case, an unweighted category can be created to serve as a placeholder and temporarily house the extra credit assignment. Once you have tallied students' final grades, you can add additional points to their overall grade.

To create an unweighted category:

  1. Select 'Gradebook setup' from your gear menu,
    OR
  2. Access your gradebook from the menu bar above your course homepage and select 'Gradebook setup' from the dropdown menu on the left. 
  3. Click 'Add category' at the very bottom of the page.
  4. Enter a name for your category.
  5. From the 'Aggregation' dropdown menu, select 'Simple Weighted Mean of Grades.'
  6. Click 'Save changes.'
  7. Locate your extra credit item and click the 'Move' icon to the left of its title.
  8. Click the blank field where you want to move your extra credit item.

To add points to a student's course total points:

  1. Access your gradebook from the menu bar above your course homepage.
  2. From the dropdown menu on the left, select 'Single view.'
  3. From the dropdown menu on the right, select the student's name.
  4. Scroll down to the 'Course total' field.
  5. Adjust the value in the 'Grade' column as you wish.
  6. Click 'Save' to save your changes.

 

 

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