It would be great if there were a way to load custom certificates for achievements rather than be limited to the stock certificates available.
Absolutely agree with this. The built-in certificates are very simplistic, and our users generally want more in both style and content. The ability to upload a custom PDF with form fields would be ideal - or to upload an image and position form fields on top of it.
Yes indeed, this option would be great! The built-in certificates are unimaginative and uninspiring - not something that anyone would be pleased to achieve. It's another case of Bb offering a lot of features, few of which are fully satisfying.
Yes I agree with this too; we've investigated the Blackboard Achievements tool in the past, and haven't proceeded with it due to these limitations and others. The Achievements tool feels like it has great potential, but hasn't quite been developed enough to be used 'in anger'. An "Achievements 2.0" upgrade, including the ability to add custom certificates, and various other improvements and developments, would be really useful.
I agree, this would make the Achievements tool have more value.
I am also quite interested in creating a custom certificate in Blackboard using variables from Blackboard.
The current certificates are complete garbage. We did make one discovery to make things a tiny bit better.
The trick is to use an image in place of the "Issuer Name" field.
At least we can have one little graphic to "spice" it up. It still tastes like road kill though.
It basically turns this:
(note the name of course is inserted --no options to change-- right below the " has successfully completed. This is from a "preview certificate" view... yes, even the preview sucks.)
And turns it into this:
That's a clever trick - thanks for sharing this Troy Donovan. We often use a little bit of simple HTML to jazz things up a bit; however, it's frustrating when you have to use code because the tool doesn't have adequate features.
Your use of the word "tool" is very generous. I refer to it as a "checkmark on a marketing powerpoint slide." Does Blackboard Learn do certificates... why yes it does ! Check!
Yes please. Hopefully, this can be accomplished on both platforms since my campus has lots of required training courses that want the "trainees" to print out certificates so their non-instructor administrative staff can record them in their personnel records, etc.
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