D2L Awards - About the Awards tool

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


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.  

Where to find the Awards tool

  1. In the navbar of your course, click the Edit Course link.
  2. Look for the Awards link. By default, it is found under the Assessment heading.

How do students view their awards?

The Awards tool must be added to your courses navigation bar. 

Keywords:d2l d2l@uwm brightspace desire2learn learn@uw learnuw luw award awards badge badges cert certificate certificates certification credential credentialing games gamification   Doc ID:66293
Owner:David D.Group:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Created:2016-08-19 11:49 CDTUpdated:2017-04-26 18:58 CDT
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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