Awarding extra credit (bonus) points

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Using the bonus option allows students to earn extra credit. It is important to note that a bonus grade item does not add points to the total number of points possible in a course. It is designed to give credit to students who complete an assignment without negatively affecting the Final Grades of students who do not complete the assignment.

  • Who is this for: Online Instructors
  • What is required: A grade item for which you would like to award extra credit

Step 1: Designate the grade item as a bonus item

If you would like to allow the students to earn more than the total points for a category, you will need to allow the category to exceed the total possible points. That way, if the students earn more than 100% for the category, the additional points will count toward their overall grade.

  1. Go to the Grades area.
  2. Click on Manage Grades at the top of the page.
  3. Click on the grade item for which you would like to award extra credit.
  4. Under the Grading section, check the box marked Bonus.
  5. Click Save and Close at the bottom of the page.
  6. Verify that there is a star icon next to the name of the grade item, indicating that it is now awarding extra credit.

Step 2 (optional): Allow the category to exceed the total

  1. Click on the name of the grade category.
  2. Under the Grading section, check the box marked Can Exceed.
  3. Click Save and Close at the bottom of the page.