At SHSU Online, “How can I add extra credit to my Grade Center?” is a question that is asked often by instructors who use the Blackboard grade book to present grades to their students. In the Grade Center, you can provide extra credit to students in three ways:
- Extra credit for the total column
- Extra credit when weighting grades—added to a category
- Extra credit for a weighted total column
Extra credit for the total column
Create an extra credit column in the grade center with a maximum score of 0 that is included in the default Total computation. Assign extra credit points as needed.
In the Grade Center:
- Click Create Column
- Call it Extra Credit
- Select Score for primary display.
- Select Percentage for secondary display.
- Points Possible = 0
- Include in Calculations
- Click submit.
The extra credit appears in the Grade Center. When you add points in an extra credit column, a student’s total points can equal more than 100 percent. If a student receives full credit for all gradable items (100 points) and receives six extra credit points, the result is 106 or 106%.
Create extra credit when weighting grades
The weighted total column generates a grade based on the result of selected columns and categories, and their respective percentages. When you create a weighted column, you can include other calculated columns and other weighted columns. Your options are to add extra credit points to a category or to the overall grade.
Option 1: Add extra credit points to a category
You want to add 5 points extra credit to tests. In the Grade Center, create an extra credit column worth 0 points. After adding the 5 points for each student to the extra credit column, create another column to calculate the combined test grades total. The “Tests Total” column includes any columns that include test grades and the extra credit column. When you create the weighted total column, instead of adding the category “Tests” worth 20%, add the “Tests Total” column for 20%.
|Create a “Test Extra Credit” column
|Create another column to calculate the total of the tests columns and tests extra credit column.
For your weighted total column, check that the “Tests Total” is the column that is being weighted and not the category “Tests.”
Option 2: Add extra credit points to overall grade
- Click Create Column.
- Call it Extra Credit
- Select Points for primary display
- For Points Possible, type 0
- Include in calculations
- Select Submit
Create a “Final Total” column that includes the “Weighted Total” and the “Extra Credit” columns.