Help: Certificates, diplomas and awards

How do I create certificates, diplomas or awards?

A certificate generator is a course timeline block that emails certificates, diplomas or awards to members of a groupspace or lets them download these. Read more about course timelines. Simply click on the pen-icon next to a course timeline, add a block and choose “Certificate Generator”. You can add custom backgrounds, logos and signatures.

What format do I use for a custom template background?

You can use a JPG, PNG or Gif which will be resized to 2440 pixels high x 3508 wide.
Some files that have a white area at the edges, will show a thin grey line at the sides. To avoid this, save the background to PNG and set the white background to transparent in a program like Photoshop.

How do I print the certificate properly?

After downloading the certificate, you can simply hit Print. If the certificate is not printing as expected, check the following.

  • Print to the correct paper size (Letter or A4).
  • Set the print to color.
  • Set “Shrink oversized pages” in the print dialog (Adobe Acrobat).

How do I create a default background and text?

If you will add more than one certificate generator, you don’t want to re-enter the logo, background and text all the time. LearningStone offers its own default options but if you are a workspace administrator, you can enter your own defaults in the Workspace Settings and skip these options when you’re adding a certificate generator to a groupspace.

In what language is the certificate sent?

The certificate contains text which you enter (either in the course timeline editor or as default text in the settings). The mail that is sent also contains some text that is determined by the language that the Receiver is using. So if the person has chosen English, the mail will start with “Dear...”.

I want only to send the certificates to a few participants.

Open the certificate generator in the course timeline editor and scroll all the way down. You will see the names of the groupspace members. You can send the certificates one by one or you can select the ones that need to receive it or are allowed to download it at the chosen date. You can add a personal message for on the certificate (e.g. Outstanding performance!) and correct the formatting of the name that will be printed on the certificate.

Note: if you choose “Select all” and then add a participant to the groupspace, he or she will automatically be selected too.

I don’t want to have a certificate on my course timeline but just want to print them.

No problem. Just add a certificate generator block to the course timeline and turn the publishing of the block off at the top. Now you can still manually print the certificates while normal members will not see the block. You don’t need to remove it later.