Canvas - Extra Credit Options

This article lists recommended practices for extra credit in Canvas.

Create a new assignment with a zero point value

This image shows how to create a new assignment with zero points. It highlights the points box "1" and the Submission type box "2".

Create a new assignment with zero points possible [1] and select any submission type [2]. Assignments set to the No Submission type work well for classroom activities, such as in-class discussions or presentations.

After students complete an online submission or complete and submit work offline, you can add and adjust points in the Gradebook.

Note: For a zero point assignment to factor into a student's grade, you must add at least one additional graded assignment with a positive point value. This additional assignment can be in any assignment group.

Add extra points to an existing assignment

This image highlights an entry in the gradebook and how to add extra points.

Add extra points to an Assignment you've already created. Manually enter the extra points in the Gradebook.

For example, this assignment is worth 30 points. Adding 5 extra points will bring the assignment total for this student to 35 points. The added points will increase total points calculated in the Gradebook's final grade.

Create extra credit with a rubric

This image highlights rubric extra credit. It shows the points value of the assignment "9" and the overall rubric points total "10".

Add an additional Criterion to a Rubric for extra credit. Make sure you make the rubric worth more than the assignment and you can give students extra points or not without affecting the actual assignment points.

Create extra credit using weighted assignment groups

This image highlights weighted extra credit. It shows the extra credit assignment group "1" and the total percentages of each assignment group "2".

When assignment groups are weighted, Canvas will not calculate grades for an entire group that has no points possible. Therefore, for extra credit assignments to calculate correctly in weighted groups, they must be housed within an existing assignment group that has at least one assignment worth more than zero points.

In this example, the extra credit assignment is housed within the Extra Credit assignment group with multiple assignments worth more than zero points [1]. Notice that the assignment groups weights total 110% [2]. Any assignment placed within the Extra Credit assignment group will have either a positive or neutral effect on your students' overall grade. Additionally, if a student does not submit the extra credit assignment, their grade will not be negatively impacted.

When the student completes the work required for the extra credit assignments, you can manually add points to the Gradebook.

Note: Canvas will scale a weighted Gradebook based on grades being in an assignment group. The following scenario puts this into perspective:

  • Say a Canvas Gradebook has 4 weighted assignment groups; 20% for assignments, 20% for discussion/participation, 30% for essays, and 30% for a final exam totaling to 100%.
  • A 5th weighted assignment group is added for extra credit at 10% bringing the total to 110%.
  • **Since a final exam likely will not be graded until the end of the semester, Canvas will scale the students' grades to 70%.
  • If there is a a grade entry in the extra credit assignment group, Canvas will re-scale the students' grades to 80%.
  • This will make it difficult for students to accurately check their grades.
  • Therefore, it is recommended to assign 0% to an extra credit assignment group until each weighted assignment group has at least one grade entry in it.

For more information on extra credit options in Canvas, see: Canvas - How do I give extra credit in a course?

If you have questions, contact the CETL Support Commons.

Keywordscanvas extra credit gradebook grades weighted points   Doc ID86795
OwnerBenjamin G.GroupCETL
Created2018-10-16 12:10:36Updated2023-11-01 10:44:33
SitesUW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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