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Grades: Working with Extra Credit Points


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Bonus items and extra credit points provide an opportunity for students to improve their grade. The D2L Grades tool can help you apply additional credit efficiently. This document discusses four scenarios that can occur when offering extra credit points. For information regarding bonus items, refer to Grades: Working with Bonus Items.

Extra credit points are additional points offered as part of a grade item.

Example: A quiz has 10 questions, each worth 1 point. This grade item is worth 10 points. The quiz also has two additional questions each worth 1 point. A student answering all 12 questions correctly can receive 12 points (out of10) for this grade item.

There are several scenarios detailed below:

Considerations


Some factors need to be taken into consideration when using bonus items and extra credit with your D2L gradebook:

  • Will the extra points be added to the gradebook as an extra credit or bonus item?
  • Is your gradebook weighted or points based?
  • In a weighted gradebook, how much weight will be assigned to the bonus item?
  • Will the extra points apply only to the category or to the entire gradebook?
If a bonus item is applied to a category, a student cannot receive more than the maximum points or weight for the category. If a bonus item is applied to an entire gradebook, a student can receive more than the maximum points or weight for the category. The extra points will apply to the gradebook as a whole.

Scenario 1: Extra Credit Applied to a Category in a Points Gradebook


In the following scenario, the total possible points in this points gradebook are 130. This includes a Tests category worth 60 points (two exams each worth 30 points). The instructor wants to offer extra credit on each exam. The extra credit points are to be applied only within the Tests category of the gradebook.

Creating the Grade Item

  1. From the Course Home page, click Grades in the navigation bar. The User List pane appears.

  2. At the top of the screen, select the Manage Grades tab.

    Manage Grades Tab

  3. Select the desired category by clicking on its name, OR create a new category (for more information, see Gradebook: Categories).

  4. The Edit Category screen appears. In the Grading section, do not select Can Exceed. Selecting it would allow the extra credit points to apply to the entire gradebook, not just the specific category.

    Grading Categories

  5. Create a new grade item within the new category. For more information regarding this process, view the Grade Item documentation.

  6. In the Grading section, in the Max. Points text box, enter the number of points the grade item is worth (not including the extra credit points).

    Example:If the exam is worth 100 points but also has 10 additional extra credit points available, type 100 as the Max. Points value.

    Grade Item Setup
  7. Select Can Exceed.

  8. Click Save to save the grade item and keep it open, Save and Close to save the item and return to the grade item list, or Save and New to save the current grade item and create a new one.

Discussion of the Outcomes

A student cannot receive more than the maximum number of points for the category. For example, if a student's test scores sum to more than 60 due to extra credit points, their Tests subtotal will still be 60 points. Extra credit points will apply only to the category.

Scenario 2: Extra Credit Applied to a Category in a Weighted Gradebook


The total possible score in a weighted gradebook is 100%. In this example, the Papers category is worth 40% of the final grade. The instructor wants to offer a bonus essay worth 10% of the Papers category grade, or 4% of the final grade. The bonus points are to be applied only within the Papers category of the gradebook.


Creating the Grade Item

  1. From the Course Home page, click Grades in the navigation bar.

  2. Click the Manage Grades tab near the top of the page.

    Manage Grades Tab

  3. Select the desired category by clicking its name, OR create a new category (for more information, see Gradebook: Categories).

  4. In the Grading section, do not select Allow category grade to exceed category weight.

    Weighted Categories

  5. Create a new grade item within the new category. For more information, view the Grade Item documentation.

  6. In the Grading section, in the Max. Points text box, type enter the number of points the grade item is worth (not including the extra credit points).

    Example: If the exam is worth 100 points but also has 10 additional extra credit points available, type 100 as the Max. Points value.

    Weighted Grade Item

  7. In the Weight text box, type the weight of the bonus item as a percentage of the parent category.

  8. Select Can Exceed.

  9. Click Save to save the grade item and keep it open, Save and Close to save the item and return to the grade item list, or Save and New to save the current grade item and create a new one.

Discussion of the Outcomes

A student can receive more than the maximum weight for the category. Extra credit points will apply to the gradebook as a whole. A student's final grade cannot exceed 100%.

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Scenario 3: Extra Credit Applied to the Entire Points Gradebook


In the following scenario, the total possible points in this points gradebook are 130. This includes a Tests category worth 60 points (two exams each worth 30 points). The instructor wants to offer extra credit on each exam. The extra credit points are to be applied to the entire gradebook.

Creating the Grade Item

  1. From the Course Home page, click Grades in the navigation bar.

  2. Click the Manage Grades tab near the top of the page.

    Manage Grades Tab

  3. Select the desired category by clicking its name, OR create a new category (for more information, see Gradebook Categories).

  4. In the Grading section, select Can Exceed.

    Grading Categories

  5. Save the category, and create a new grade item within the new category. For more information, view the Grade Item documentation.

  6. In the Grading section, in the Max. Points text box, enter the number of points the grade item is worth (not including the extra credit points).

    Example:If the exam is worth 100 points but also has 10 additional extra credit points available, type 100 as the Max. Points value.

    Weighted Grade Item

  7. Select Can Exceed.

  8. Click Save to save the grade item and keep it open, Save and Close to save the item and return to the grade item list, or Save and New to save the current grade item and create a new one.

Discussion of the Outcomes

A student can receive more than the maximum number of points for the category. In this case, the Tests subtotal is 60n points. If a student's test scores sum to more than 60, their Tests subtotal will exceed 60 points. Extra credit points will apply to the gradebook as a whole. A student's final grade cannot exceed 100%.

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Scenario 4: Extra Credit Applied to the Entire Weighted Gradebook

In the following scenario, the total possible score in this weighted gradebook is 100%. Each of the ten grade items (regardless of the category) is worth 10%. For example, the Exam category, worth 40% of the final grade, has 4 exams, each worth 10%. The instructor wants to offer 10 extra credit points on two of the exams. The extra credit points are to be applied to the entire gradebook.

Creating the Grade Item

1.From the Course Home page, click Grades in the navigation bar.

2.Click the Manage Grades tab near the top of the page.

Manage Grades Tab

3.Select the desired category by clicking its name, OR create a new category (for more information, see Gradebook: Categories).

4.In the Weight text box, type the percent number for the total weight of the category.

5.In the Grading section, select Allow category grade to exceed total weight.

6.Save the category and create a new grade item within the new category. For more information, view the Grade Item documentation.

7.In the Grading section, in the Max. Points text box, enter the number of points the grade item is worth (not including the extra credit points).
Example: If the exam is worth 100 points but also has 10 additional extra credit points available, type 100 as the Max. Points value.

8.In the Weight text box, enter the percentage of the category the item is worth.

9.Select Can Exceed.

Weighted Grade Item

10.Click Save to save the grade item and keep it open, Save and Close to save the item and return to the grade item list, or Save and New to save the current grade item and create a new one.

Discussion of the Outcomes

A student can receive more than the maximum weight for the category. Extra credit points will apply to the gradebook as a whole. A student's final grade cannot exceed 100%.

EC Example

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