Grades: Create an extra credit grade item

You can setup a grade item for one of the following:

  • Extra credit that will be added to the final grade
  • Extra credit that will be added to the total of a grade category
  • Extra credit category with multiple extra credit items within it

The instructions below are for both Points and Weighted Gradebooks. Follow the appropriate steps based off of your Grades settings.

For a Weighted Grading System: Extra credit points and Bonus items within a category are weighted using both the item and category weight (i.e., a bonus item with a weight of 10, within a category having a weight of 50, yields up to a 5% increase in the overall grade, 10% of 50%).  If you use a “Bonus” item with no category, limit its weight to the most you wish to add to the final course percentage.  For example, if you do not want to add more than 4% to any given final grade, limit the Bonus item’s weight to 4. The points can be any amount as it is the weight that makes the difference in the overall percent.

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Extra credit that will be added to the final grade

Use the following for a Points gradebook:

  1. Click “Grades” in the navigation tool bar of your course,
  2. Click “Manage Grades” from the left hand menu.
  3. Create “New Item”.
  4. Select “Numeric” as Grade Type
  5. Give item a “Name:”
  6. Select No Category.
  7. Specify “Max Points”, number of extra credit points possible.
  8. Check off “can exceed” and “bonus” boxes. Do NOT check off “Exclude from Final Grade”
  9. Click “Save”.
  10. A yellow star icon will appear in the instructors view of the slot on the Manage Grades page to indicate it as an extra credit item.

Use the following for a Weighted gradebook:

  1. Click “Grades” in the navigation tool bar of your course,
  2. Click “Manage Grades” from the left hand menu.
  3. Create “New Item”.
  4. Select “Numeric” as Grade Type
  5. Give item a “Name:”
  6. Select No Category.
  7. Specify “Max Points” (number of extra credit points possible) and Weight for the item. Note: To make a Bonus item in weighted grades act like extra credit points, weight the item relative to the total points. Ex: 2 points bonus, would also be 2%
  8. Check off “can exceed” and “bonus” boxes.
  9. Click “Save”.
  10. A yellow star icon will appear in the instructors view of the slot on the Manage Grades page to indicate it as an extra credit item.

Extra credit that will be added to the total of a grade category

Use the following for a Points gradebook:

  1. Click “Grades” in the navigation tool bar of your course,
  2. Click “Manage Grades” from the left hand menu.
  3. Create “New Item”
  4. Select “Numeric” as Grade Type
  5. Designate which category you want the item to belong in from the “Category” dropdown options,
  6. OR click New Category to create the category if you have not already done so.
    1. Do NOT check off “Exclude from Final Grade” when creating new category
    2. If you want the extra credit to affect only the category, highest possible score in category = 100%, do NOT check off “Can Exceed”
    3. Check off “Can Exceed” if you would like the extra credit to potentially add points to the overall final grades for students who have more than 100% scores in the category.
  7. Specify “Max Points”, number of extra credit points possible.
  8. Check off “can exceed” and “bonus” boxes. Do NOT check off “Exclude from Final Grade”
  9. Click “Save”.

Use the following for a Weighted gradebook:

  1. Click “Grades” in the navigation tool bar of your course,
  2. Click “Manage Grades” from the left hand menu.
  3. Click “New” then “New Item”
  4. Select “Numeric” as Grade Type
  5. Designate which category you want the item to belong in from the “Category” dropdown options,* See step 10 to complete the settings for the existing category.
  6. OR click New Category to create the category if you have not already done so.
    1. If you want the extra credit to affect only the category, highest possible score in category = 100%, do NOT check off “Can Exceed”
    2. Check off “Can Exceed” if you would like the extra credit to potentially add points to the overall final grades for students who have more than 100% scores in the category.
  7. Specify “Max Points” (number of extra credit points possible) and Weight for the item. Note: To make a Bonus item in weighted grades act like extra credit points, weight the item relative to the total points. Ex: 2 points bonus, would also be 2%
  8. Check off “can exceed” and “bonus” boxes.
  9. Click “Save”.
  10. Do the following IF in step 5 above you selected an existing category:
    1. If you want the extra credit to affect only the category, highest possible score in category = 100%, do NOT check off “Allow category grade to exceed category weight”
    2. Check off “Allow category grade to exceed category weight” if you would like the extra credit to potentially add points to the overall final grades for students who have more than 100% scores in the category.

Extra credit category with multiple extra credit items within it

The steps below can be used for either Points or Weighted Gradebooks:

  1. Click “Grades” in the navigation tool bar of your course,
  2. Click “Manage Grades” from the left hand menu.
  3. Create “New Category” and add a name, such as Extra Credit
  4. Set the Weight to be the total number of extra credit points a student can earn towards the final grade. Example: If you want students to earn  up to 5 extra credit points toward the final grade, enter the weight as 5.
  5. Check off “Allow category grade to exceed category weight” if you would like the extra credit to potentially add points to the overall final grades for students who have more than 100% scores in the category.
  6. Distribution: Set the distribution of weight as desired:
    1. Choose either:  Manually assign weight to items in the category, if each extra credit item is worth a different weight; Distribute weight by points across all items in the category, or Distribute weight evenly across all item.
  7. Click Save and Close
  8. Click “New” then “New Item”
  9. Select “Numeric” as Grade Type
  10. Designate the “Extra Credit” category.
  11. Specify “Max Points” (number of extra credit points possible)
  12. For a Weighted Gradebook: Specify the Weight for the item (Weight is not available. Note: To make a Bonus item in weighted grades act like extra credit points, weight the item relative to the total points. Ex: 2 points bonus, would also be 2%
  13. Check off “can exceed” and “bonus” boxes.
  14. Click “Save”.
  15. Repeat steps 8-13 to create any additional bonus/extra credit items in this category.

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