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 can be motivating to students. For example, an instructor might create a badge that is based on posting 15 discussion posts, or on perfect attendance, or on academic excellence.
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 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.
The following tutorials will show you how to use the Awards tool: