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Brightspace Awards - About Awards

Learn about the uses and functionality of the Brightspace Awards tool.

The Awards tool enables instructors to provide merit-based awards to students. There are two types of awards: Badges, and Certificates.

Badges are awarded based on any criteria determined by the instructor. They are meant to provide digital markers that represent accomplishment throughout a course or program. Badges do not contribute to achieving a passing grade; however, badges are awarded for achievements that also can contribute to the type of work ethic that results in a passing grade. For example, an instructor might create a badge that is based on posting 15 discussion posts in the first month of a course, or on perfect attendance, or on academic excellence. These items are the types of trends that can help a learner to succeed in a course or program. 

Certificates are also awarded based on criteria determined by the instructor. Certificates are similar to Badges, however, they include a PDF that users can print. Certificates typically indicate an official statement of certification or award at the end of a program, but can be awarded during the course for other criteria as well. Certificates can be awarded based on achieving a milestone that a learner can use for further academic or career success, such as passing a practical exam. Certificates also do not contribute to achieving a passing grade. 

Badges and Certificates can be automatically awarded based on release condition criteria, or can be manually awarded. 





Keywords:d2l, d2l@uwm, brightspace, award, awards, badge, badges, cert, certificate, certificates, certification   Doc ID:66293
Owner:David D.Group:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Created:2016-08-19 10:49 CSTUpdated:2016-08-19 10:49 CST
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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