How do I add Extra Credit to my simple face-to-face gradebook?

You will learn how to add an extra credit Grade item to your simple Natural aggregation method (default aggregation method) gradebook. Read this guide to learn how to create a basic gradebook.

An extra credit grade item does not count against a student if they do not do it. It does, however, count points for any student who did do it, thus enabling a student to potentially get over 100% of the course total in a course.

1. View the grade breakdown in your syllabus.

Note the extra credit item at the bottom.

Assignments Points
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Opinion Paper
Critical Analysis
Social Order
Research Proposal
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2. Click on the Gear icon.

Gear icon is selected.

3. Select Gradebook setup.

Gradebook setup is selected.

4. The Gradebook setup page now displays.

The Gradebook setup page

5. Click on Add grade item.

Add grade item button.

6. Type a title.

Item name field is selected.

7. Type a grade value.

Maximum grade is set at 5.

8. Click on Save changes.

Save changes button is selected.

9. The new grade item is listed and has been added to the course total.

Gradebook setup page.

10. Click on Edit.

Edit link is selected.

11. Select Edit settings.

Edit settings link is selected.

12. Tick the Extra credit checkbox.

Extra credit checkbox is checked.

13. Click on Save changes.

Save changes button is selected.

14. Note that the course total no longer includes the extra credit grade item.

extra credit grade item.

15. The extra credit grade item now has a little plus/minus symbol next to the maximum grade to let you know that it is extra credit.

The extra credit grade item

Article Summary

You have now learned how to add an extra credit grade item to a basic gradebook for your course.