Before applying an extension penalty, you should understand how each penalty method affects your student's assignment score.
Three extension penalty methods are available.
- % unearned
- A percentage of the point value of the questions answered correctly after the extension is granted. No penalty is applied if no more questions are answered correctly.
- % total
- A percentage of the total possible points for the assignment.
- The specified number of points.
Each penalty method affects your student's score differently.
For example, your student has earned 100 out of a possible 200 points. They then receive an extension using one of the three penalty methods and correctly answers questions worth an additional 50 points.
|Score before extension||100||100||100|
|Points earned after extension||+50||+50||+50|
|Penalty||-10 (20% of 50)||-40 (20% of 200)||-20|
30% unearnedto balance the needs of discouraging late work and encouraging students to finish their work even if it is late.
Some instructors set a penalty that is based on how many days after the due date the assignment is submitted — for example, to deduct 5% for each day. You can replicate this behavior with manual extensions. Ask your student how much time is needed and manually calculate the penalty points based on the new due date.