Learn@UW - Awarding Extra Credit for Projects in a Course

Instructors can create grade items in the Grades tool that correspond to projects to which extra credit can be awarded.

Bonus Item

Any grade item in the gradebook can be designated as an extra credit grade item by selecting the Bonus box when editing a new grade item.

The manner that the Learn@UW application handles bonus items depends on the grading system you have chosen: Points System or Weighted System.

Bonus Items with Points System

When a grade item is designated as a bonus item in the Points System, two things need to be specified:

  1. If this bonus item is to be applied only to a category, that category needs to be specified under the "Category" box.

  2. In the "Max. Points" box, enter the total points that can be added to the points earned for the course.

Bonus Grade Item using Points System

Bonus Item points are not added to the total possible points for the course, but any points earned for this grade item will be added to the points earned by a student.

Bonus Items with Weighted System

When a grade item is designated as a bonus item in the Weighted System, three things need to be specified:

  1. If this bonus item is going to be applied to a category, that category needs to be specified under the "Category" box.

  2. In the "Max. Points" box, enter how many possible points can be assigned to this item.

  3. In the "Weight" box, enter the percent of the parent category you want to be used to calculate the total points assigned.

Bonus Grade Item using Weighted System

Bonus item points are not added to the total possible points for the course, but any points earned for this grade item will be added to the points earned by a student.

In the Weighted System, the "Max. Points" box still specifies how many bonus points are available; the "Weight" box specifies what percent of the total parent category to use to calculate the total points assigned.

For example, suppose the instructor allows 5 extra credit points, but wants to add up to 20% of a category that has 100 total points. The table below shows what percent of the parent category would be awarded to count toward the final grade:

Bonus Points Earned 1 2 3 4 5
Portion of Points in Category Awarded 4% 8% 12% 16% 20%



Keywords:brightspace learn@uw learnuw d2l desire2learn grade gradebook item extra credit bonus   Doc ID:2516
Owner:Susan D.Group:Learn@UW Utility
Created:2004-02-04 19:00 CDTUpdated:2015-06-03 16:08 CDT
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