Having a Conversation about Extra Credit

Having a Conversation about Extra Credit

Extra credit: A basic grading policy that requires some not-so-basic decision making


Faculty members who approach any extra credit policy as a “yes/no” issue quickly discover that it’s actually a “maybe” issue. There are strong arguments to be made on both sides, and whether extra credit is appropriate for a given course depends on myriad factors.

This on-demand program gives you an opportunity to explore those factors in depth. Whether you’re approaching the extra credit decision for the first time or looking to revisit your existing policy, you’ll find this program to be an invaluable resource.


Having a Conversation About Extra Credit uses a scenario-based format to present a “real world” look at the issues. Narrated illustrations depict common positions on both sides of the topic, carefully exploring the pros and cons and encouraging dialogue among program participants. The program outcomes change based on decisions made during the session.


The insights offered in this course, together with those you’ll draw from your colleagues during the presentation and discussion, will allow you to:

  • Articulate the pros and cons of various approaches to extra credit
  • Determine whether, and when, to offer extra credit assignments in your classes
  • Design assignments that promote meaningful learning
  • Create policies that are equitable for all your students
  • Understand and manage the impact of extra credit assignments on your workload


As you work through the program, you’ll hone your understanding of both extra credit’s value and its potential pitfalls. You’ll consider the:

  • Impact extra credit has on students’ commitment to core assignments
  • Importance of quality control and of avoiding “busy work” assignments in favor of those with real pedagogical value
  • Risk that a “second chances” mentality will leave students ill-prepared for the real world
  • Need to be clear-eyed about extra credit’s potential impact on your workload
  • Question of whether extra credit should be open to all students or offered on a case-by-case basis
  • Effect of extra credit assignments on students’ stress and anxiety levels


Give the “simple” issue of extra credit the thought and analysis it requires. Order Having a Conversation About Extra Credit!

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