How Can I Give Extra Credit On Schoology?

To give extra credit assignments on Schoology, we recommend creating a new assignment worth 0 max points within one of your existing Grading Categories, and then assigning the number of extra credit points to each student who completes the item accordingly. 

By creating an assignment worth 0 max points, you can avoid penalizing students who do not complete optional extra credit, while ensuring that students who do complete it see a boost in their overall grade.

Note: In order for a material item worth zero max points to count towards the Overall grade, there must be at least one other item in the category worth greater than zero points that has been graded. For this reason, we do not recommend creating a Grading Category specifically for extra credit, and instead suggest using one of your existing categories.

To give extra credit work to only certain members of your course, you can Individually Assign assignments or discussions to individual students or to grading groups. When an item is individually assigned, the item appears only to the member or grading group that the item is assigned to. 

Note: You cannot use tests and quizzes to provide extra credit in Schoology, as tests and quizzes worth zero max points are not included in grade calculations. You can, however, add a grade column to your course and add points that way, regardless of the type of graded material–assignment, discussion, or test/quiz. See the section below on adding grade columns for instructions.

Giving Extra Credit 

  1. Create the assignment discussion you would like to assign as extra credit work using the Add Materials button on the Material page of your course.
  2. In the Create field you can:
    • Title the item as Extra Credit or something similar to help you remember the purpose of this assignment when looking at your gradebook later.
    • Give the assignment a total of zero max points. When you grade the submissions later, you can enter a value greater than zero to tack on these extra points to the student's overall grade.
    • Select an existing Grading Category from the dropdown menu. 
      • In order for a material item worth zero points to count towards the Overall grade, there must be at least one other item in the category worth more than zero points. For this reason, we do not recommend creating a Grading Category specifically for extra credit, and instead suggest using one of your existing categories.
      • If you are syncing your gradebook using an SIS app in your course and you want the item to be calculated into the overall grade, you will need to select a  Schoology Grading Category that is mapped to a category in your SIS.
      • Optional: Individually Assign the item to specific students.
    • Select the Numeric grading scale from the scale/rubric drop-down menu.
      Note: If you choose the A +/- scale, the student will still see a boost in his or her overall grade. However, if you have the A +/-  scale or a custom grading scale selected, the student may see a letter grade for that individual material that does not accurately reflect his or her performance on the item. 

Your Extra Credit Assignment might look something like this:

  1. Add a descriptive title.
  2. Give the item a total of zero possible points.
  3. Put the item in an existing grading category.

Using the Advanced tools for extra credit

  • Use the Individually Assign option to assign it to certain students or grading groups.
  • Disable submissions if you would like students to complete the assignment on paper or outside of Schoology.
  • Lock the assignment after a certain time if you would like to limit the window during which you accept submissions.

 

Providing Extra Credit by Adding a Grade Column

Alternatively, if you want to add an extra credit score in your Schoology Gradebook for work or participation completed outside of Schoology, you can add a grade column to your Gradebook. To do this:

  1. In your course, open the Gradebook.
  2. Click the Add Materials icon.
  3. Select Add Grade Column.
  4. Follow the same instructions as step 2 above.
    Note: Grade columns do not have due dates associated to them. If you are using an SIS app with grade passback, note that the grade column item may sync to your SIS gradebook with a default due date of the last day of your grading period.

Understanding How Extra Credit Materials are Calculated on Schoology

The way in which a material item worth zero points is calculated depends on whether the category the item is in is graded by Percentage or by Total Points. Check how your Grading Category is calculated by clicking Gradebook on the left side of your course and then clicking Grade Set Up. Click on the name of the category and note whether it is Calculated By: Percentage or Total Points.

Extra Credit in Percentage-Based Grading Categories

 For each material with max point of 0, the point score given to the material with max point of 0 is converted directly to a percentage. That percentage is added to the sum of all other percentage scores for materials with max points greater than zero in the category, and that sum is divided by the number of materials with max points greater than zero in the category.

For example, all the materials listed in the table below are in the same grading category, which is calculated by Percentage.

Material Title Possible Points Points Scored % Score
Material A 45 30 66.7
Material B 70 60 85.7
Material C 25 22 88
Material D 80 75 93.8
Material E (Extra Credit) 0 30 30

Category Percentage Score calculation = (Sum of percentage scores on each item)/number of materials with max points greater than zero in the category

= (66.7 + 85.7 + 88 + 93.8 + 30)/4 = 91.0% 

Extra Credit in Total Points-Based Grading Categories

The possible points for all materials in category are divided by the total points scored and multiplied by 100 to give a total percentage grade.

Material Title Possible Points Points Scored % Score
Material A 45 30 66.7
Material B 70 60 85.7
Material C 25 22 88
Material D 80 75 93.8
Material E (Extra Credit) 0 30 30

Category Percentage Score calculation = ((Sum of points scored)/(Sum of possible points))*100

=((30 + 60 + 22 + 75+30)/(45 + 70 + 25 + 80+0))*100 = 98.6%

Note: When using the gradebook sync with PowerSchool, you may add a grade that is more than the total maximum points and PowerSchool will accept this calculation.
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