Skip navigation
All Places > APAC > Blog > 2019 > May
2019

Scenario: Your learners will be taking a course, where you would like to issue a certificate for partial and full completion. For example, if they complete 80%, they get a Participation Certificate, and if they complete 100%, they get an Achievement Award. How can we do this?

 

Skip to the Steps:

 

In Catalog, we can create a certificate to be issued automatically to a learner after course requirements are completed. To set up two certificates to capture partial and full completion of the course content, you’ll want to use a combination of Course Listing and Program Listing certificates, and you'll want to split up your course into two courses.

 

Steps in Canvas

 

1. Create your Course (Course A) with content for the Participation Certificate. Don’t forget to include module requirements!

 

Tip: Provide instructions for the Learner to head back to Catalog to access the next part of the Course in their Student Dashboard. Avoid adding a direct link to the next Course, as in future years when you create the next iteration, those links won’t be functional.

 

2. Create another Course (Course B) with the additional content for the Achievement Award.

 

Tip: Consider naming your two Courses so that your Learners can easily understand that there are two parts to the Course. For example, you may want to call them “Lab Skills - Part 1” and “Lab Skills - Part 2”

 

Steps in Catalog

 

1. Create a Course Listing for Course A.

 

Visibility

  • Hide listing: if Course A is not a stand-alone Course
  • Show listing: if Course A is also a stand-alone Course

 

Tip: Although the Course Listing might be hidden, the Listing Description is still visible to the Learner once they have successfully enrolled into the Course.

 

2. Set up the “Participation Certificate” for the Course A Listing.

 

3. Create a hidden Course Listing for Course B. Do not include a Certificate.

 

4. Create a visible Program Listing that will contain Course A and Course B Listings.

 

5. Set up the “Achievement Award.”

 

6. Add requirements for the Program Listing.

 

Learner’s Experience

 

The learner will sign up for the Program Listing through Catalog, automatically enrolling them into both Course A and Course B. Once they complete Course A, they will automatically receive the Participation Certificate accessible by email and in their Catalog Student Dashboard. Once they complete Course B, they will receive the Achievement Award for completing the courses within the Program Listing.

 

 

And, done! Two certificates automatically administered for partial and full completion of a Course via Catalog.

 

Thanks to Daniel Gilogley for his contributions to this article. This article was inspired during a Catalog training with some clients. Together, we were able to put together this workflow. So credit also needs to go to them! You know who you are 

Just in case this has been the world’s best kept secret - I need to whisper in your ears…

 

The Orb embeds into Canvas beautifully and captures the rich history of Tasmania’s Aboriginal people.

 

Please feel free to use it. The beautiful videos can be captured and embedded just where you need them to start to provoke discussions with your class.

 

The Orb is a collection of online multimedia resources designed to assist the teaching of Aboriginal histories and cultures. It reflects the holistic nature of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and the interconnections between people, Country, culture, identity, and the living community.

 

The Orb helps to cover not only the Australian Curriculum - cross curriculum priorities https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/f-10-curriculum/cross-curriculum-priorities/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islande…  and Australian Professional Standards for Teachers https://www.aitsl.edu.au/tools-resources/resource/australian-professional-standards-for-teachers but it gets to the heart of some serious thinking and connections with our country.

 

I can’t sing the praises of The Orb enough. Because it is a highly visual resource it caters for a range of learning needs. The resources contained within are complete whole units of work or individual lessons. It’s up to you, the teacher, to embrace it, and use it to cater for the needs of the learners in your care.

 

Recently Ruth Degrassi shared The Orb with teachers at the Distance Educators AADES conference here in Hobart. Their response was so positive, they were awestruck by its beauty, simplicity, and richness.

I hope you are too.

When the SCORM LTI tool used in Canvas was built, the focus was on using SCORM packages for assessment with the marks in the SCORM assessment being passed back to the Canvas gradebook. However, there are lots of instances where SCORM packages are created just for the purpose of showing content to students and not for assessment (or for more formative work where grades aren't necessary to be recorded in Canvas).

 

Where SCORM is content only, not an assessment, using the LTI tool results in a column being created in the gradebook, even if you update the assignment to be an ungraded assignment (it is still an assignment). The New gradebook can help with this as you can put those in an assignment group with a 0% weighting and then filter your gradebook by assignment group to reduce the clutter. However, this is still not ideal as the content is not an actual assignment.

 

There is another way!

 

You can embed the content itself directly as a module item in your course. Here's how you go about doing this:

 

1. You need to make sure you export your SCORM package in HTML5 format from your SCORM authoring tool. This will produce a ZIP file that contains your SCORM package.

 

2. Create a folder in your course Files and upload the zip file into that folder by selecting "Expand it"

 

Create a folder in the course Files for your SCORM package

 

Click on "Expand it"

 

3. Add a module item by pressing the "+" symbol for that module and select "File" as the item type

 

Add a module item

Select "File" as the item type

4. Find the .htm or .html file in the folder you created in step 2 - in my case it was called start_here.htm

 

Select the HTML file from the SCORM package folder you created

5. I like to then edit the module item name so that it's not just the name of the HTML file

 

Edit the module item name

 

Item name edit screen

 

You now have a SCORM item in your module sequence and not in your gradebook!

 

SCORM content in a module

 

I should mention that my colleague, Amelia Hayson, created a great guide on embedding SCORM content into a page. There's a little more involved to do that, but that is also possible. I like adding it as a module item as it means that it is not surrounded by other content and makes it easier to have it as a separate chunk of content so as to avoid the "scroll of death".

 

Also, another colleague, Daniel Gilogley, deserves a big thanks for his massive contribution to the genesis of this article. He's great!

 

Lastly, I can't finish this without mentioning that SCORM is an older technology and that it is a standard that has not been updated for over a decade. If you have the opportunity to use other tools for creating content, I'd recommend doing so. H5P is a standards based content creation tool that a lot of Canvas users are enjoying using creating engaging, responsive content. I'd recommend checking it out as a starting point.

 

Have fun!