The Custom Certificate activity creates PDF certificates for students of the course and is completely customizable. You can add borders, images, dates, and show grade and course specific information. Configure the activity to generate a certificate based on the number of minutes spent in the CLE course, the total grade for the course or a specific activity.
By default students can receive a certificate after it has been added to a course and the instructions in the following tabs outline using Restrict Accessto require that students receive a minimum grade on a specific activity, the entire course, or spend a minimum amount of time in the course.
Use Cases: Show completion of an assignment, activity, or course.
Add a custom certificate to a course
- Log on to your CLE (cle.ucsf.edu)
- Go to the CLE course where you would like to add the certificate.
- From the Administration block or from the top-right of the CLE, select Turn editing on.
- Inside the section where the certificate should be displayed, click the Add an activity or resource.
- From the list of Activities, select the Certificate activity, then scroll to the bottom of the window and click Add. This will take you to your new certificate settings page.
- Enter the following information on the Add a new Custom Certificate page:
Edit a Custom certificate
Once you have added a certificate to your course you have the option to create a custom certificate by adding elements (i.e. background image, student name, title) that will be displayed on your certificate. To edit your custom certificate:
- Click and open the Custom certificate that you added to your course
- From the administration block, click edit custom certificate
- Edit the name, height, and width of your certificate
- Select the elements to add to your certificate from the drop down box and click the Add element
- Background Image – Provide a background image for the certificate
- Border – A simple border for the certificate, you can define the color and width of the border
- Category Name – Will print the course category
- Code – Will print a random 10 digit code on the certificate for better tracking and verification
- Course Name – Will print the course name
- Date – Will print the date on the certificate. You can choose to print the course start date, course end date, issued date, completion date or any specific activity completion date
- Digital Signature – Add a digital signature of the person issuing the certificate.
- Grade – Will print the grades obtained in the course
- Grade Item Name – Will print the name of the activity for which the student has been assessed
- Image – Upload and add an image to the certificate
- Student Name – Will print the students name
- Teacher Name – Will print the teacher name
- Text – Enter any custom text
- User Field – Will print the selected user profile field
- User Picture – Will print the user profile picture on the certificate
You can also choose to load a template (see instructions in the load template section below)
5. When you add an element, a formatting window will open allowing you to edit the font, color and position of the element. Click Save changes when done
*On the edit page you will start to see a list of the elements that have already added to the certificate. You can edit, delete, and move these elements. The order of these elements determine how they are arranged on the PDF. So, if you plan to add a background image, you should add it first so that subsequent elements are placed in front of the image.
6. Click Save changes when done
When editing a custom certificate, under the list of elements there is a Reposition elements link that will take you to a page where you can preview the certificate and drag and drop the elements. While on the reposition elements page you can also double click on elements to bring up the edit element dialogue box, that will allow you to edit its properties without having to go back to the edit custom certificate page.
The Learning Tech Group has created a certificate template for you, the template can be used as is or you can load it and then make edits to it. To load a template, take the following steps:
- Click and open the custom certificate activity that you added to your course.
- On the administration block and click edit custom certificate.
- The edit custom certificate window will open.
- Scroll down to the Load Template section and select Certificate Template and click Load
Once you click load, the elements will automatically populate for your certificate. Click the Resposition elements link to view and edit.
Delete Issued Certificates
Issued certificates can be deleted by taking the following steps: