How to use Certification for eLearning Assessment
Certification is one of the most important elements of eLearning. Effective certification is most commonly essential for formal compliance requirements. It can, however, be leveraged to increase the uptake and encourage the completion of training. In this article, I show how certification can be used to successfully confirm eLearning performance.
Examination is useful for assessing how learners are progressing through their courses and helping you to meet compliance requirements. Certification can be used in combination with examination to incentivize learner participation and success. Awarding a learner a certificate when they successfully complete a course gives them a tangible reward that can be used to promote your courses. LearnUpon makes it easy to import and customize certificates that can be linked to courses and learning paths. When a learner completes a certified course, they are automatically awarded a certificate they can print, download, or share through their social networks. If you choose to use certification to incentivize eLearning, you should also consider:
- Allowing users to manage certificates themselves At LearnUpon, we felt it was essential to allow learners to manage certification independently, without needing assistance from an admin, designer, or support rep. So, we built an automated feature that’s easy for learners to manage alone. Once you import a certificate into your LMS and link it to a course, learners who successfully reach completion will automatically receive one.
- Customizing certificates LearnUpon’s drag and drop functionality makes customizing certificates easy. Simply select the variables -like learner name, course title, date completed, number of CPD credits awarded, etc.- you want to include and drag and drop them onto your certificate. You can choose exactly where you want to position the variable and select font sizes to match the certificate’s design. Each variable will dynamically update with learner and course details before it’s awarded.
- Recertification LearnUpon’s re-certification feature allows you to specify if learners are re-enrolled on a course if a certificate they were awarded is expiring. To use the feature, you need to specify the number of days after which a certificate expires. You can also schedule an email to automatically inform learners about re-certification on a specific date.
- Encourage social sharing LearnUpon’s social features help users to share their successes and to promote your courses. Learners can add awarded certificates to their LinkedIn profile or tweet about completed courses. Research conducted by LinkedIn finds that users who display certification achievements receive six times more profile views than average. Every time a learner shares a certificate, it also helps to build awareness about your programs and give your marketing initiatives powerful social proof.
Certification is just one of the many features you will love when using LearnUpon. For more information, schedule a demo with a LearnUpon expert now.