Teaching Commons > Teaching Guides > Technology > Desire2Learn > Tools > Grades > Creating Extra Credit Grade Items
Extra credit can be given in D2L in two ways: The first is to allow the grade item and category to
exceed the maximum number of points for the assignment so extra points can be given. The other option is to
indicate the grade item is a “Bonus” item. Bonus grade items are added on to the final grade if completed.
Either option will require modifications to the final grade calculation as well as the grade category, if one is used to house the grade item.
Grade items and categories can be set up to exceed the maximum point value as specified. If a grade item has been set to exceed the point value and is housed within a grade category, the grade category and final grade must also be set to exceed the maximum points.
Note: If a grade item has already been created but needs to be modified, select the
dropdown arrow next to the item, then select
Edit and skip to step 9.
If a grade item that was set to exceed the maximum points is housed within a grade category, that category will also need to be set to exceed the maximum score. The final grade calculation will also need to be modified.
To properly calculate extra credit points, the Final Calculcated Grade item should be modified.
Creating a grade item that is set as a “bonus” means that students have the option of completing the assignment. Bonus grade items are not included in the maximum points for a category or final grade. They are added on top of the calculated final grade.
Note: Bonus grade items cannot be displayed to students in the grade scheme like other grade items. Bonus grades are only added to final grades after all other calculations. Students can only view the numeric points, and potentially the weight achieved, for a bonus grade item because the actual weight or points of the bonus grade item may not be consistent with the rest of the grade scheme.