Extra Credit for Individual Quiz Questions

Canvas doesn't allow extra credit questions for individual quiz questions by default, but you can use this work around to achieve the desired result.

1

Create the quiz

Make sure to assign each question with the necessary amount of points.

 
2

Have your students take the exam

 
3

In the exam, click Edit

 
4

Change the point value of the extra credit question(s) to 0

This will reduce the number of points possible on the exam.

Note: If you copy the course and use the same quiz, you'll have to change the point value back to the original number of points possible before students take the quiz in the future semester. Also, you could adjust any questions to a point value of zero and get the same result; so if editing the first few questions is more straightforward than editing the specific questions, that will work.
 
5

Scroll to the bottom and click Save

After you change the values of the questions to 0 points (step 2) and save the quiz (step 3), Canvas will require that you re-grade the quiz. At this point you could go to the SpeedGrader and click the Update Score button for every student, but we have found that the method described here is much quicker, especially for large classes.

 
6

Navigate to Grades

 
7

Export the gradebook

  1. Click on Actions, then click Export.
  2. A .csv file will be downloaded to your computer.
 
8

Click the 3 dots next to the name of the quiz, select Hide Grades, then click Hide

This will prevent students from receiving any notifications while you adjust the scores.

 
9

Click the 3 dots next to the name of the quiz again and select Set Default Grade, set the grade to 0, check the Overwrite grades box, then click Set Default Grade

This will make make Canvas recognize the scores as "re-graded" when you re-import the scores from the .csv file you download earlier.

 
10

Import the gradebook that you exported in step 5

  1. Click Actions, then click Import.
  2. Click Choose File.
  3. Select the .csv file from your computer downloads (or wherever you saved it) and click Open.
  4. Click the Upload Data button.
  5. You will see a confirmation page that will show the quiz column scores changing from 0 to the original score. Click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.
 
11

Click the 3 dots next to the name of the quiz, select Post Grades, then click Post

Note: After you change the values of the questions to 0 points (step 2) and save the quiz (step 3), Canvas will require that you re-grade the quiz. At this point you could go to the SpeedGrader and click the Update Score button for every student, but we have found that the method describe above is much quicker especially for large classes.

New Quizzes

There currently is not a feature or workaround that is available for adding extra credit questions to New Quizzes. More information can be found on Instructure's Community Forum external link icon