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Extra credit assignments in Blackboard

What’s the best way to handle an extra credit assignment in Blackboard’s Grade Center?

There are a couple of ways you can do this.

These suggestions assume you are not weighting grades:
Option 1: For the extra credit assignment set the points in the Gradebook to “0” so that the additional points  don’t count in the total points for the course. If a student doesn’t do the assignment they are aren’t penalized. When you are assign points for the extra credit assignment, the extra points will improve the student’s  total points for the course.
bb-extra credit assignment-0 points
Option 2:  Include points for the extra credit assignment and if someone chooses    not to submit, then exempt the assignment for that student.  (in the Grade Center, exempt is one of the options when using the dropdown arrow.
 bb-exempt grade
Option 3: Edit the total column to include all the columns except for the extra credit. Then create a new total column that includes the extra credit. For those who chose not to do the extra credit, use the original total column to calculate the final grade and for those who chose to do the extra credit use the new column for final grade calculation.
bb-custom total column
bb-new total column
If you use weighted grades (example: grades for all assignments are 10%, Exams, 30%, Participation 20%, Final 40%) instead of each assessment being equal weight with one another, then stay tuned to see how that can be accomplished!

Author: Heidi Olson

Heidi enjoys working with content experts in developing eCampus courses to provide alternatives for students. Her other interests include faculty training in best practices for eCampus and researching eCampus tools to help fulfill learning outcomes. Having worked in the distance education arena for over 20 years, she has a wide range of experiences in supporting students and faculty as technology and pedagogy evolve.

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