Create a more simple, intuitive way to offer Extra Credit

Idea created by Kael Kanczuzewski on Apr 29, 2015
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    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.