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How can I create a "Bonus" question, adding "extra credit" points to a quiz that has a fixed total possible points value?

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Hi! At the end of each of my quizzes, I usually like to add "extra credit" or "bonus questions," which are not required for students to answer, but provide an opportunity for students to earn 1 or 2 points beyond the "total possible" points of the quiz?

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Hi dhunt@csi.edu​ - Yes, you can do this.  And to give credit where credit is due, the second bullet item listed under kelley.meeusen@cptc.edu​'s response to a somewhat similar (though broader) question provides what you need:  .  This topic has flared up from time to time in the Community--mostly for how to given an entire quiz that is worth extra credit points (no answer on that one yet, though everyone hopes improvements are coming soon via the new quiz engine), but a specific question is fairly easy to pull off.

Basically, just add your extra credit question, and perhaps explain in the question that they can earn up to xx number of points by answering it correctly.  The question itself, however, must be worth zero points.

Then, when grading it, you can simply manually adjust the points on that specific question using the text box editor or spin control box next to the score while looking over each student's quiz, as shown below:

add points to question.jpg

Canvas does not "care" if the total score is more than what the quiz itself was worth...it will still dutifully tally the total points scored for each student.

Hope this helps a bit.

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Hi dhunt@csi.edu​ - Yes, you can do this.  And to give credit where credit is due, the second bullet item listed under kelley.meeusen@cptc.edu​'s response to a somewhat similar (though broader) question provides what you need:  .  This topic has flared up from time to time in the Community--mostly for how to given an entire quiz that is worth extra credit points (no answer on that one yet, though everyone hopes improvements are coming soon via the new quiz engine), but a specific question is fairly easy to pull off.

Basically, just add your extra credit question, and perhaps explain in the question that they can earn up to xx number of points by answering it correctly.  The question itself, however, must be worth zero points.

Then, when grading it, you can simply manually adjust the points on that specific question using the text box editor or spin control box next to the score while looking over each student's quiz, as shown below:

add points to question.jpg

Canvas does not "care" if the total score is more than what the quiz itself was worth...it will still dutifully tally the total points scored for each student.

Hope this helps a bit.

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I have discovered that it is easier to make the extra credit question in a separate quiz of its own then make the quiz question or the quiz entirely worth only one point now at this point when people are done taking a quiz you go to the grades screen if they got a zero leaving is zero if they got a one you can just type over the top or paste the value 20 or some other number its a lot  faster than using speed grader

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Thanks to kblack@dom.edu‌ for what I consider a "workaround" to accomplish this in Canvas. In D2L, e.g., you can actually mark a question as bonus/extra credit. If a student doesn't answer it - no problem. If a student does, s/he gets that extra point. No need to go back and do anything manually after the fact.


Although for some of my quizzes I manually grade some/all questions, I've written many quizzes with question types that are all graded automatically by Canvas. I thus have no need to go in and look at students' answers and enter (or adjust) their scores in the gradebook afterward. With the current suggestion, I have to do this for every quiz I ever give if I want to give EC points.

Please upgrade, Canvas (to D2L functionality).

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Blackboard has this same functionality. ANY plans to make this an option within Canvas?

The work arounds are very time consuming for people who have large courses!

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And with 600-1,000 or more students in class each semester, we definitely cannot go in and check each student's bonus question individually. Sort of defeats the purpose of having technology to help us with this!

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You can't. You can make a question in the quiz, then use speed grader, and

then after you look at each one tell if it is correct, just add more points

or "fudge points."

I think it is easier to make 2 quizzes. 1 is the normal test. Then the

2nd quiz has the bonus question which I make worth 1 point.

Subsequently the quiz will be worth 1 point. In the grades screen, I sort

by high to low and then change any 1's I see to the bonus amount you

promised them.

If I had to include an essay in a test, I would make the essay it's own

quiz so that students got immediate feedback on the portion of the test

that can be autograded by canvas.

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