Create a more simple, intuitive way to offer Extra Credit

Idea created by Kael Kanczuzewski on Apr 29, 2015
    Open for Voting
    Currently, if a faculty member utilizes Weighted Groups there is no way to add a percentage of extra credit. For example, this is an example of the setup I would like:
    • Test - 50%
    • Homework - 30%
    • Attendance - 10%
    • Participation - 10%
    • Extra Credit - 3%


    The 3% Extra Credit would make the total 103%. Canvas allows you to create group weights that equal more than 100%. However, if we setup an Extra Credit Assignment within the "Extra Credit" Group it must be worth more than 0 points. If I give more than 0 points it will negatively impact students scores - if they only get a 2/5 or a 5/10 on the extra credit assignment they overall score will be docked.


    A workaround is to create an Extra Credit assignment within a Group (an "out of zero" assignment). However this is a mathematical mess:


    For example, solve this word problem:

    • There are 150 points in the Assignments Group
    • The Assignment Group is worth 40% of the total grade
    • You would like to create an Extra Credit assignment that adds 3% to the total percentage score of the Assignments Group
    • The student currently has 140/150 points, or a 93.33%


    The solution to allow, when a Group is created, the opportunity to make that Group "bonus" or "extra credit." Alternatively, you could also all 0 points assignments to be created in an Extra Credit group although I assume there is a reason why this is not allowed now.


    This idea was considered when developing our product plan for Q4 2019 and is not expected to influence development within Canvas at this time.

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