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Set a Grade Item as Extra Credit

Why Do This?

Extra credit grade items are not included in the overall course total, but can help raise a student's individual score. You can either create a manual grade item and make it extra credit, or designate an existing activity as extra credit in the gradebook. Note: If you are going to have multiple extra credit grade items in your course, you might consider creating a cateogry and make the category extra credit instead of making each individual item extra credit.


Making a Grade Item Extra Credit

  1. In the Administration block, select Gradebook setup.
    administration block, gradebook setup link
  2. If the extra credit item is not an activity completed within Cougar Courses, you will need to create a manual grade item first. Follow the “Create Manual Grade Items” guide.
  1. Click on Edit to the right of the grade item or category you wish with make extra credit, and select the first option in the dropdown, Edit Settings.

edit, edit settings

  1. Under the “Parent category” section, check the box for Extra Credit.

 extra credit setting

  1. Select Save changes at the bottom of the page.

 save changes button

  1. Once you have made an item or category extra credit, a “+” will appear next to the max grade.

extra credit designation on setup page