Assigning extra credit may take some getting use to because there is no place within the assignments settings that you check to make the assignment worth extra credit. Yet, because of this, Canvas gives a lot of flexibility in how extra credit can be given to students.

Ways to Add Extra Credit

  • Add Extra Credit Assignment to a Specific Extra Credit Assignment Group 
  • Add Extra Credit Using Assignment with No Submission
  • Add Extra Credit Manually to a graded assignment
  • Add Extra Credit Using a Rubric
  • Add Extra Credit to Quiz using Fudge Points

For specific information on how to add extra credit using the above methods, see the following Canvas Instructor Guide: How do I give my students extra credit?

Making an Extra Credit Quiz

Making an entire quiz worth extra credit isn't easy in Canvas if you are using a Points based gradebook. The following directions explain how to make this happen:

  • Create a quiz
  • Provide point values for each question. (making the quiz worth "X" amount of points - the total number of points the extra credit should be worth.)
  • Publish the quiz and have the students take it.
  • Once all students have taken a quiz and received a score, which is recorded in the gradebook.
  • Edit the Quiz and change the Quiz type to a Graded Survey worth "0" points.
  • The student will then receive whatever extra credit value they earned.
IMPORTANT: When copying the course it will copy it as a survey - so be sure to Edit and revert it back to a graded quiz for the next term!!

Adding Extra Credit to a PERCENTAGE Based Gradebook

Adding extra credit to a percentage based gradebook does not work that well in Canvas. In general the best way to add extra credit to a percentage based gradebook is to NOT ADD EXTRA CREDIT UNTIL AFTER ALL OTHER COURSE GRADES ARE ENTERED INTO THE GRADEBOOK (including the final exam). For more information on the best way to do this so that grades are calculated correctly see the following handout.

REV EZ 08/02/21