How to add points to a particular assignment/test grade for all students
There are two options for adding points to a specific assignment in the Grade Center. Please note that these options will only add points to an assignment and not give general extra credit in a course. If you wish to give standalone extra credit, please see our article: How do I add extra credit in the Grade Center?
Option #1: Go into the specific column and override a grade
You can manually type in an adjusted grade into the Grade Center’s cells. However, this option will require you to manually override each student’s grade one-by-one.
Option #2: Preserve the original grade column and create a new recalculated grade column
This option will allow you to adjust all students' grades for the assignment at one time while still preserving an easily accessible record of their original grades for the assignment:
- Create two new Grade Center columns: a column for the point value by which you want to adjust your students' grades and another column for the adjusted grade. This can be done by clicking the Create Column button in the upper-left corner of your Grade Center screen. Your Grade Center columns should look like this:
- Download your Grade Center into an Excel spreadsheet. Select the option to Work Offline in the upper-right corner of your screen and then select Download. Select "Full Grade Center" for Select Data to Download and then click Submit:
- After the Grade Center is downloaded as a spreadsheet, you can open it in a program such as Microsoft Excel or Numbers for Mac. Make sure not to modify any of the column header names (the first row). To quickly add those extra points to your students' grades, select the first cell in the adjustment column and type in the SUM function (e.g., "=E2+F2"); then, press "Enter" or "Return" on your keyboard:
- Next, click and drag the lower-right corner of the cell down to the end of your list of students. This will copy over the same Excel calculation for the rest of the cells into the desired column.
- Save the spreadsheet as a CSV file when you're ready to upload it back into Blackboard. If the following dialog box opens up when you try to save your changes, click Yes:
- When you are ready to upload your spreadsheet back into Blackboard, go to the Full Grade Center (Control Panel > Grade Center > Full Grade Center). From the Grade Center, select the option to Work Offline in the upper-right corner of your screen and then select Upload. Specify where the file is located, and then click Submit to successfully upload your data back into the Grade Center:
- Once you have uploaded your spreadsheet to the Grade Center, you can hide columns from students so that they do not see multiple grades for the same assignment and become confused. If you do not know how to do this, here is our support article: How to show or hide Grade Center columns
Grade Center display with columns hidden from students:
We recommend that these hidden columns NOT be included in Grade Center calculations. If you are using a weighted total column to determine final grades for your course, you may wish to include the adjusted column in Grade Center calculations.
In order to make an extra credit question on an assessment that is not yet available:
1.Select the icon to the right of the assessment title to open the Action Menu.
2. Select the "Edit the Test" option from the Action Menu.
3. Locate the question you wish to set as extra credit.
4. Select the points value in the upper-right corner of the question window in order to open the Points dialogue.
5. If you do not see the Extra Credit checkbox in the Points dialogue
a. Select the Question Settings button in the upper-right corner.
b. In the Scoring section of the Test Question Settings page, ensure the checkbox for "Provide option to assign questions as extra credit" is checked.
6. Check the box to set the question as Extra Credit
7. Select the Submit button in the Points container.
8. Repeat steps 3-6 for each question you wish to make extra credit.
9. Click on the OK button in the lower right corner of the assessment editing interface in order to save the changes.
If your Blackboard course site's gradebook does not use weighted grading, you may add Extra Credit to your course grading that is not incorporated into a specific assessment, such as for class participation, assignments which are wholly extra credit, or for other services rendered, by:
1.Navigate to the Full Grade Center in the Course Management Menu
2. Select the "Create Column" bottom in the top navigation bar
3. Enter the column name as "Extra Credit" or a similar term related to its intended usage. The full description is optional, but may be helpful to others who have access to the gradebook, such as Teaching Assistants or Instructional Designers.
4. Set the Primary Display value to "Score" – setting it to "Percentage" could cause errors in Blackboard, while setting it to "Complete/Incomplete" could prevent the intended extra credit function from behaving properly. Leave the Secondary Display option as "None"
5. If you are using Categories in organizing your Blackboard course site Grade Center, which you may if you have a large number of columns (25+), select an appropriate category for this column; if you are not currently making use of Categories, be sure to leave the Category setting as "No Category"
6. Set the Points Possible as 0; this is required to prevent this column from being automatically included as part of the Total Points Possible for the Grade Center.
7. Leave the Dates section blank. In the Options section, set the first two options to "Yes" and the last option to your personal preference.
8. Click on the Submit button.
9. If you do not receive a Success message about the column creation, verify as to whether the column has appeared in the gradebook and then contact your school's Blackboard Support for assistance.
10. Now that you have a column which will not be included in the Total Points Possible grade calculation, you can manually enter the value of the extra credit total into this column to have it added to the student's grade as extra credit.
Note: If you are not seeing the amount manually entered in this Extra Credit column added to the Total column in the gradebook, follow these steps:
1.Locate the column for the total points in the gradebook; it may be named differently.
2. Left-click the icon to the right of the column title to open the Action Menu.
3. Select the "Edit Column Information" option from the Action Menu.
4. On the "Edit Total Column" page scroll to the "Select Columns" section.
5. Change the Include in Total setting to "Selected Columns and Categories"
6. Select all those columns you wish to include in the grade calculation from the Columns to Select box, holding down the Ctrl button to highlight multiple items, and then left-click the > button to move them to the Selected Columns box. Repeat for the categories you wish to include using the Categories to Select box.
7. Click on the Submit button.
In the event that you are using weighted grading, you have a few possible methods to add an Extra Credit column to your gradebook:
- By modifying other columns' weights
- Follow the directions above to create an Extra Credit column, except set the Points Possible to 1.
- Select the "Edit Column Information" option from the Weighted Total column's Action Menu.
Modify the weights of other columns to accommodate this additional 1% calculation in the total.
Give every student 1 point in this Extra Credit Column.
- Increase this base value by the number of extra credit points a student has received.
- Without modifying any other columns' weights
- Follow the directions above to create a separate Extra Credit column for each extra credit opportunity you will offer students, except set the Points Possible to 0.001.
- Follow the directions Method A to change the weighted totals, except set the Percentages for each of the Extra Credit columns to 0.001.
- You may receive a warning message that your total does not add up to 100%, however this may be safely ignored in this situation.
- Enter the number of extra credit points a student receives into each Extra Credit column as appropriate.
- Manually add the number of extra credit points into the score listed in an existing column that is flat-weighted (e.g. a 5-point assignment which is worth 5% of the total), such as one might use for Class Participation or a small assignment. Blackboard users at other schools have reported most success using the first method.
If a test already has Attempts, it is not recommended to change the questions settings (e.g., for extra credit, number of points a question is worth); it may corrupt the gradebook entry for that assessment. Instead, create a new assessment with the same questions, end the availability of the previous version of the text, and manually copy the grades over for those students who have already taken the assessment.