Grading can be stressful and time consuming. In a previous Canvas post, End-of-Semester Grading Tips we covered three tips for make your grading a little easier:

  • Make sure all your assignments have a grade.
  • Create Assignment groups to drop the lowest grade.
  • Match your Gradebook grading scheme with your syllabus grading policy.

In addition, we are often asked about how to give extra credit. This really depends on your Gradebook.

  • For total points gradebooks, just create zero-point assignment to add extra points to a student’s total earned points without adding more possible points.
  • For weighted gradebooks, you need to plan appropriately because you have some options:
    • Add a zero point assignment into any group to add more total earned points to that group only.
    • Make an extra credit assignment group and add assignments to it with a point value. Make the group worth 0% of the final grade until the end of the semester – this may be important.  If you add an extra credit group that contributes during the semester, students might see a confusing cumulative course grade during the semester.  At the end of the semester, change the percentage value of the extra credit group.

For more information on extra credit, consult the Canvas guide: How do I give extra credit in a course?

If you have any questions about your Gradebook or using Canvas effectively, please email or drop-in to our Faculty Commons virtual welcome bar (open Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30). You can join using Zoom.

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