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.
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.
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.
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!