How do I use Natural aggregation with extra credit?

You will learn how to use the "Natural" aggregation method with an extra credit grade item within the gradebook in your course. The Natural aggregation method is the default for TITANium. This means that the grade items are summed up to reach the course total. If a student does not receive a score for the extra credit grade item, it will not count against him.

1. View your syllabus grade structure.

Note the extra credit assignment.

View your syllabus grade structure.

2. Click on Grades.

Click on Grades.

3. The Grader report will display.

The Grader report page displays as the default entry point into the gradebook for instructors. The Grader report page is similar to a spreadsheet showing all of the student names and the Grade items for your course. Students will only see the User report page which shows only their own grades.

There are several functions you can perform within the Grader report page. You can enter student grades in existing grade items, you can view the student grades at a glance, and you can easily navigate to other pages within the Grade administration module.

4. Click on Setup to expand that section.

5. Click on Categories and items.

Click on Categories and items.

6. The Categories and items page displays.

The Categories and items page is where you add and organize Grade items and Categories (folders of Grade items). You can also create custom calculations and choose various methods of aggregating grade items.

7. Here is the Categories and items page with the Grade items added.

Read this article to learn how to create Grade items and this article for how to create Categories.

The Natural aggregation method is the default for TITANium. This means that the grade items are summed up to reach the course total.

8. To create the extra credit grade item, lick on Add grade item.

9. Type a name for the new grade item.

Type a name for the new grade item.

10. Type 25 for Maximum grade.

Type 25 for Maximum grade.

11. Click on Save changes.

Click on Save changes.

12. Click on Edit to the right of the new grade item.

Click on Edit to the right of the new grade item.

13. Click on Edit settings.

Click on Edit settings.

14. Tick the Extra credit check box.

Scroll down the page to the Parent category section and tick the Extra credit check box.

Tick the Extra credit check box.

15. Click on Save changes.

Click on Save changes.

16. The Extra Credit Paper grade item now is marked as extra credit.

The + symbol with the dots under it signifies that a grade item is marked as extra credit. Note that the Course total is now back at 650 points.

The Extra Credit Paper grade item now is marked as extra credit.

17. Click on User report.

Click on User report.

18. Choose a student from the drop down menu.

Choose a student from the drop down menu.

19. The User report displays the student's view of the gradebook.

This student has not been given any points for the extra credit assignment.

Article Summary

You have now learned how to use the Natural (default) aggregation method with an extra credit grade item.

2 Comments

Katsuki

My professor added bonus points on the exam. Without bonus points, the maximum points is 100. How to add bonus points without affecting the overall course points?

Ken Moyer

As I understand it, you have an exam worth 100 points but some students will receive more than 100. The easiest way to do that is to type whatever the desired grade points are for each student in the Grader report page or Single view page. If you have used the standard grading scale (meaning you haven't created your own), you can type in a value higher than the maximum grade for a given activity or grade item.

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