Extra credit. Some instructors love it, others not so much. If you’re in the former camp but don’t know how to change the settings in D2L, this is the blog post for you. There are, in fact, a few ways to give students extra points in D2L:
- offer an extra credit assignment
- include a bonus question on a quiz
- give extra points on an assignment
Any of these options involve adjusting gradebook settings at the grade item and category levels. Specific instructions will also vary depending on the type of gradebook you have (points or weighted). Talk with your instructional designer about what settings to adjust in your gradebook when offering extra credit opportunities.
In this post, we’ll be discussing some considerations for extra credit option 3.
Option 3: Give Extra Points on an Assignment
Giving extra points on an assignment can be tricky. Let’s look at an example:
You have a guest speaker in your class. All students must submit to the dropbox a summary of the speaker’s presentation. The assignment is worth 20 points. Students can earn up to 5 additional points by writing an action statement indicating how they will use information from the presentation in their search for an internship or a job.
In setting up the grade item in the D2L gradebook, there’s no way to tell D2L how many bonus points are available. You have to set the point total for the assignment (20) and then indicate that those points can be exceeded by checking Can Exceed.
Note: You would not select “Bonus” because this is a required assignment.
‘Can Exceed’ and Grade Calculation
D2L categories calculate a numerator (all points actually awarded to a student) and a denominator (total “maximum points” of all items in the category). In our example, if either the grade item or the category is not allowed to exceed the maximum, the most points the student will be credited with for that assignment is 20 even if the instructor awarded the 5 additional points.
As a result, the student’s actual grade when calculated manually will be higher than the grade that D2L calculates, and the manually calculated grade will be the correct one.
What can you do to prevent a grading error?
Make sure that both the grade item and the Category (if applicable) is set to Can Exceed. As always, talk with your instructional designer if you have any concerns or questions.