Freeform Points Community

IN THIS ARTICLE
What are Freeform Points?
One community-long earning period (no weekly limiter)
How the Grade is Calculated
How to Enable Freeform Points

What are Freeform Points?

Use the freeform system for community building in open-enrollment courses (MOOCs, boot camps, accelerators), other uses (student clubs, orientation, alumni groups, special events), or short 2-3 week communities.

There are no weekly limits for how many points a student can earn in a freeform community. You can set one goal for the entire course, and then students can reach that goal at any pace. Or you can opt not to have a specific community points goal. Setting a community start and end date is also optional.

One community-long earning period (no weekly limiter)

Without a weekly rollover and maximum, there is no point limiter. Meaning that if there is a goal, members can achieve it as quickly as they can collect the points, possibly in a single session. If you designate a start and end date for your community and you want to ensure that students participate consistently over time, consider using the weekly points system instead.

How the Grade is Calculated

The grade (if displayed) calculates as total points earned divided by the total goal for the community.

Yellowdig Grade = Points Earned / Total Goal


For example, if the community has a Total Goal of 10,000 points and a member earns 1,000 points the first week, their grade would show as 10% (1,000 out of the 10,000 Total Goal).

How to Enable Freeform Points

1) Navigate to Settings - Points System

Side navigation showing Points System page

2) Click the drop-down list next to “Points System” and select Freeform Points.

Image showing freeform points selection

Are you not seeing the above dropdown menu? This area is likely hidden because your community start date has passed. To reveal it click on the blue  “Additional Point Settings” button.

additional points settings button

Audience: This help article is for Instructors, Designers, and Administrators. Students or Learners cannot access these settings.

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