How do I use Weighted mean of grades and Extra Credit?

You will learn how to set your gradebook to aggregate Weighted mean of grades and still apply an extra credit grade item.

Follow these steps after you have added your grade items to your gradebook.

Gradebook setup page with grade items displayed.

All of the desired grades have been added to the course.

gradebook setup page with grade items displayed.

Weighted mean of grades cannot handle extra credit, so the choices are to either use Natural or Mean of grades with extra credit.

We will first create a Category which will use Weighted mean of grades. then we will set one grade item for extra credit which will be in the main course category, which we will leave set to Natural.

1. Create a new Category and set it for Weighted means.

Follow these steps to create a new category and to set it for Weighted mean of grades.

1.1. Click on Add category.

Add category is selected.

1.2. Type a title for the category.

Give the category a title that will make sense to you and your students, such as "Total before extra credit".

Category name field is selected.

1.3. Set the aggregation method for Weighted mean of grades.

Weighted mean of grades is selected.

1.4. Click on Save changes.

Save changes button is selected.

1.5. Check the boxes for the grade items to be moved to the new category.

Check boxes are ticked.

1.6. Use the dropbox to select the new category.

Dropdown is used.

1.7. Type weight values for each grade item.

The weights are relative to each other. So, in this example the Bio and Photo assignment is worth 8 times less than is the Paper 4 assignment and 4 times less than the Paper 1, 2, and 3 assignments.

Weight values are added.

1.8. Click on Save changes.

Save changes button is selected (2)

2. Set the extra credit grade item.

2.1. Click on Edit.

The Ask a Question forum is the grade item we want to mark as extra credit.

Edit is selected.

2.2. Select Edit settings.

Edit settings is selected.

2.3. Tick the Extra credit box.

The tick box for extra credit is selected.

2.4. Click on Save changes.

Save changes button is selected (3)

2.5. Your gradebook is now set for Weighted means and extra credit.

Gradebook setup page displays with proper settings.

Article Summary

You have now learned how to set a category for Weighted mean of grades and set a grade item for extra credit, and you have learned how to use those together to set your course total to allow weighted mean of grades and extra credit together.