Reward Early Completion

You can give bonus points for submitting questions early to encourage your students to start working on the assignment right away instead of procrastinating. This often helps student performance, since students are less likely to forget material that was covered in the reading or lecture, and they have sufficient time to ask for help if they need it.

Best Practice Use this method only for the easy questions on your assignment. This encourages your students to start the assignment early while allowing them to take more time if needed on difficult questions.
  1. Open the Conditional Points window. 
    From here Do this

    From assignment settings (Assignment Editor, Assignment Templates Manager)

    Under Automatic Point Adjustments > Bonus or Penalty, click add or edit.

    From a single question (Assignment Editor)

    In the Bonus or Penalty column, click add or edit.

  2. Under Select a Condition, select Assign credit based on early submission.
  3. Enter how much additional credit to award and the minimum number of hours before the due date that the submission must be made in order to receive additional credit.
    For example, if you specify to add 10% for answers submitted more than 24 hours before the due date, your students will receive a 10% bonus for any correct responses submitted more than 24 hours before the assignment is due. Correct responses submitted after that time receive full credit but no bonus.
  4. If available, click Calculate Points Breakdown. This feature is not available when editing conditional points for assignment settings.
    Conditional Points page

    Review the displayed points relative to the time before due date that the question would be submitted. If needed, change the bonus or time frame values and click Calculate Points Breakdown again.

  5. When the conditional points settings are correct, update the assignment.
    To update this Do this

    A single question

    Click Update Question.

    All questions currently on the assignment

    Click Update All Questions.

    Assignment settings

    In the Assignment Editor, click Update.

The Conditional Points window closes and your assignment is updated.

The automatic bonus or penalty is applied immediately when your students submit answers that meet the specified conditions.

Remember to save your changes in the Assignment Editor.
Important Because granting an extension changes the student's due date, automatic bonus or penalty points based on the due date will be applied based on the student's extended due date. If needed, adjust the student's assignment score after the extension period ends.