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Add Extra Credit

One of the simplest ways to give extra credit in BbLearn is to create a column worth zero points and enter the extra credit points there.

For Total columns, points added to an extra credit column (i.e. any column worth zero points) are automatically calculated correctly as extra credit.

For Weighted Total columns, extra credit columns cannot be used directly because the calculations will not be correct. Instead, create a Total column to sum the Category containing the extra credit column. Then replace that Category with its Total column counterpart in the Weighted Total column.

Create Extra Credit Column (worth zero points)

To add extra credit, start by creating a column worth zero points.

  • From the Control Panel, expand Grade Center.
  • Click on Full Grade Center.
  • Click on Create Column.
  • Name the column (e.g. Extra Credit).
  • Enter a maximum points possible of zero (0).
  • Press Submit.

Enter Extra Credit for students

Points added to a column worth zero points will be treated as extra credit. After adding points in an extra credit column, it is possible for a student's total to be more than 100%. For example, if a student receives full credit for all gradable items (100 points) and also receives 6 extra credit points, his or her total is 106 out of 100 or 106%.

  • To give a student extra credit, go to the Full Grade Center.
  • Under the Extra Credit column created above, click on a cell for a student you want to give extra credit to, and enter the extra credit points. (Note, this must be entered as points rather than percent.)
  • Press Enter to save.


Add Extra Credit to a Total Column

Note: This section is for Total columns ONLY.

The default setting for the Total column is to add up all columns included in Grade Center Calculations--thus the extra credit column will automatically be added to a Total column. However, if you have chosen to narrow the list of columns and categories added to a Total column by selecting them individually, then be sure to add the extra credit column as well.

Add Extra Credit to a Weighted Total

Note: This section is for Weighted Total columns ONLY.

OVERVIEW

Extra credit columns cannot be used directly with Weighted Total columns. Instead, create a Total column to sum the Category containing the extra credit column. Then replace that Category with its Total column counterpart in the Weighted Total column.

  • STEP 1: Create an Extra Credit column worth zero points
  • STEP 2: Assign the Extra Credit column to an active Category (this Category must contain at least one column worth more than zero points)
  • STEP 3: Create a Total column to sum the columns in the Category
  • STEP 4: In the Weighted Total, replace the Category with its Total column counterpart

STEP 1: Create an Extra Credit column worth zero points (see instructions)

STEP 2: Place the Extra Credit column into a Category (see instructions)

STEP 3: Create a Total column to sum the columns in the Category

  • Select Create Calculated Column > Total Column
  • Enter a Name for the column (e.g. Project Total)
  • Check the Selected Columns and Categories option
  • Highlight the category containing the extra credit column and press the right facing arrow to select it
  • Press Submit

STEP 4: In the Weighted Total, replace the Category with its Total column counterpart

  • Remove the category (e.g. Projects) by pressing the red 'X' to it right. Take note of the percentage that was applied to it.
  • Highlight the Total column (e.g. Project Total) created to sum the columns in the Category. Press the right facing arrow to select it.
  • Enter the percentage to apply to the Category Total column (e.g. Project Total).
  • Press Submit
  • Your Weighted Total column will now correctly calculate an accurate weighted total when extra credit is included.

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