Issue Date: 02-22-2019
Who wouldn’t want to earn extra points on their own terms? Interestingly, many instructors have mixed feelings concerning extra credit. If it is used incorrectly or inequitably, it can easily become the bane of an instructor’s existence. However, extra credit opportunities can be a great motivator for students to correct a miscalculation through revision and reflection or extra credit can help to encourage students to learn on a deeper level beyond the learning criteria. Extra credit activities can also provide students with more opportunities to reinforce the skills and outcomes of previous assignments.
Canvas offers flexibility in how extra credit can be given to students. Depending on the grading system in your course, assigning extra credit may take a little more thought and care to set up in Canvas before the class begins. While extra credit assignments should increase the student’s score, it should not inflate the score so much that it would misrepresent the student’s mastery of the skills. It also helps to establish a limit on how much extra credit can be earned in the course syllabus. Here are three different options for handling extra credit in your course.
Courses that are using a point-based grading system can use these options:
Option 1: Create a New Assignment with Zero Point Value
Please be aware that there must be at least one other graded assignment listed in the assignments area that is worth a positive value of points for an extra credit assignment worth “zero” points to factor properly into the gradebook.
Option 2: Add extra points to an Existing Assignment
Courses that are using weighted assignment groups can use this option:
Option 3: Creating an Extra Credit Assignment Group
*The best way to add extra credit to a percentage-based gradebook is to NOT ADD EXTRA CREDIT UNTIL AFTER ALL OTHER COURSE GRADES ARE ENTERED INTO THE GRADEBOOK (including the final exam). *
Total without Extra Credit Column:
Final course grade with ALL COURSE GRADES (including the final exam grade), but NO EXTRA CREDIT.
Total with Extra Credit Column:
Final course grade with ALL COURSE GRADES (including the final exam grade) and EXTRA CREDIT. In this case the extra credit was worth 4% and if the student got all the extra credit points (75 points possible) then their final course grade was raised by 4%. The blue box shows the student who only got 31/75 points extra credit. This means they only earned 1.65% of the extra credit (31/75 * 4% = 1.65%) and as shown, their grade is only raised by 1.65% compared to the 4% that other student’s final grades are raised.
Setting up the Extra Credit (for this example):
The reason to use this method for adding extra credit to Courses that are using weighted assignment groups gradebooks is that extra credit WILL NOT calculate correctly until ALL OTHER COURSE GRADES ARE ENTERED (including and especially the Final Exam). This is because by adding the extra credit the gradebook is going over the normal 100%.
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