Adding Extra Credit in Canvas

Currently, Canvas does not have a default way to add extra credit. Below are two easy ways to add this yourself.

You can add a zero-point to a weighted assignment group to add extra credit. To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the plus sign in a weighted group to create a new assignment in the group. Important: when using weighted groups to calculate total grades, the zero-point assignment must be added to one of the weighted groups in order for the extra credit points to compute correctly.
  2. Provide a name such as Extra Credit and leave the point value as zero
  3. Click Save & Publish
  4. Now, in your gradebook, enter points for the zero-point assignment to give the student extra points. You can try this out with a test student.

Another method is to add points to a student's grade for an assignment, such as giving them a 25/20. If you add extra credit this way, it is recommended to add a comment in the feedback for the assignment that you added additional points for extra credit.

For a walkthrough of these options, check out the video below.

For more information, please see Extra Credit Guide by Canvas.