Blackboard’s Achievements tool allows instructors and course designers to develop criteria for issuing rewards to students in the form of both badges and certificates. In short, faculty can use achievements to create opportunities for students to earn recognition for their work, while students can see which badges and certificates they have earned and what is required to receive additional recognition.
While the built-in achievements capability is helpful, Blackboard Building Blocks provide colleges and universities with the ability to extend the functionality of the system. With the aid of an opensource “Certificate of Completion” building block by Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, instructors at GVSU now have the ability to create and distribute custom certificates that students can proudly post, print or display.
Colleen Cameron, a GVSU Blackboard Administrator, modified the opensource building block so that a blank template could easily be used to add content specific certification details, that when printed, included the students name and date of completion. These new custom certificates will allow students to better showcase the skills and knowledge they’ve achieved, while saving time for GVSU faculty and staff.
Blog post authored by: Vince St. Germain, eLearning and Instructional Technology Specialist