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Desire2Learn 9.0

Grades: Working with Extra Credit Points

Extra credit and bonus items provide an opportunity for students to improve their grade. The Desire2Learn 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 in 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 of 10) for this grade item.

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

If extra points apply only to a category, a student cannot receive more than the maximum points or weight for the category. If extra points apply 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.

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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
    The User List pane appears.

  2. In the Grades Area widget, click MANAGE GRADESManage Grades button
    The Grades List pane appears.

  3. Select the desired Category
    OR
    Create a new Category
    For more information, refer to Gradebook: Categories.

  4. 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 Tests category.Edit Category pane: Grading section

  5. Create a new Grade Item within the new category
    For more information refer to Working with Grade Items.

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

  7. Select Can Exceed
    HINT: An item is selected when a checkmark appears before it

  8. Click SAVE
    Extra credit will only apply to the item's category.

Discussion of the Outcomes

A student cannot receive more than the maximum number of points for the category. In this case, the Tests subtotal is 60 points. If a student's test scores sum to more than 60, their Tests subtotal will still be 60 points. Extra credit points will apply only to the category.Sample Gradebook

return to topScenario 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 Tests category is worth 50% of the final grade. There are two tests, each one worth 50% of the Tests category subtotal.The instructor wants to offer extra credit on both exams.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
    The User List pane appears.

  2. In the Grades Area widget, click MANAGE GRADESManage Grades button
    The Grades List pane appears.

  3. Select the desired Category
    OR
    Create a new Category
    For more information, refer to Gradebook: Categories.

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

  5. Create a new Grade Item within the new category
    For more information refer to Working with Grade Items.

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

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

  8. Select Can Exceed
    New Item pane: Grading section

  9. Click SAVE
    Extra credit will only apply to the item's category.

Discussion of the Outcomes

A student cannot receive more than the maximum weight for the category. In this case, the Tests category weight is 50% of the final grade. Even if a student's test scores sum to more than 60, the points subtotal for the category, their Tests subtotal will still be 50%. Extra credit points will apply only to the category.

Sample Gradebook

return to topScenario 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, on the Navigation bar, click GRADES

  2. In the Grades Area widget, click MANAGE GRADESManage Grades button

  3. Select the desired Category
    OR
    Create a new Category
    For more information, refer to Gradebook: Categories.

  4. In the Grading section, select Can Exceed
    Edit Category pane: Grading section

  5. Create a new Grade Item within the new category
    For more information refer to Working with Grade Items.

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

  7. Select Can Exceed
    HINT: An item is selected when a checkmark appears before it.

  8. Click SAVE
    Extra credit will apply to the entire gradebook.

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 60 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%.

Sample Gradebook

return to top 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
    The User List pane appears.

  2. In the Grades Area widget, click MANAGE GRADESManage Grades button
    The Grades List pane appears.

  3. Select the desired Category
    OR
    Create a new Category
    For more information, refer to 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. Create a new Grade Item within the new category
    For more information refer to Working with Grade Items.

  7. In the Grading section, in the Max. Points text box, type the total number of points the grade item is worth (not including the extra credit)
    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
    New Item pane: Grading section

  10. Click SAVE
    Extra credit will apply to the gradebook as a whole.

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%.

Sample Gradebook

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