Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a certificate of completion, part of Captivate 8 Essential Training.
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As learners are walking through your e-learning, and answering your quiz questions correct, it's great to reward them. One way that I like to reward learners at the end of an e-learning is by giving them a digital certificate, or even a certificate that they could print out to show that they've completed the training. For this video, we're going to use the Certificates file that's found inside Chapter 5 of the Exercise Files. This has several quizzes attached to it, and at the very end of our presentation, we don't want to just end on quiz results but we'd like to display to the learner a certificate of achievement. Do do this, let's go ahead and add a new slide. I'm going to add a very specific slide template so I'm going to go to Insert > New Slide from, and I'd like to add this Introduction slide. It's going to have a place for a title, a subtitle and caption, and it's got a lot of white space on it where we can put our certificate. The first thing I'd like to do is to move this subtitle all the way up directly below the blue box. We're not going to need caption text, so I'm just going to go ahead and delete that. Say OK. For the title text, I'm going to click inside of its text area, scroll down to the Properties panel to its Character section. I'm going to center this text, double-click to add a title, and I'm going to just say Success! You are already a scholar. For the subtitle, I'm going to say please print the certificate and bring to the HUB to be entered into a drawing. Now the default subtitle font is a little large. So I'm going to go ahead and once again come to the Properties panel, scroll down to character and change it from 31 to about 20. I can go and clean up some of those lines, make it a little tighter. And I think I'm just going to center this text as well, to keep every thing nice and centered on this page. So at this point, we've just got a big white section. And what we'd like to do is to have a certificate that appears here with the learner's name pre-printed on it, as well as some information about the training they just completed. To do that, we're going to actually use a Learning Interaction. Let's go to the Interactions menu and select Learning Interactions. On the right-hand side, about halfway down the menu, we'll see a certificate option. Let's select that and then click Insert. Our first step is to configure our certificate. There's various certificates you can choose from. The first one's an Award of Excellence. Here we have a Course Completion Certificate. And there's a few different styles we can choose from, as well. As I look through this list, though, I think the second one down, the Certificate of Course Completion, with this nice border to it, will work perfect for what it is that we're trying to do. If we'd like to, we can also click Edit Variables. Here, we can choose to have the name on and off. We can choose their score on and off and even the date. We can also select the date format and even add our own other variable. We're going to keep the score and the name and the date turned on, keep other off, and then we're going to click OK. Now that Captivates created our certificate, I'm going to shrink it a little bit smaller, bring it over here, and just center it right on the page. Now the areas inside the certificate, we can actually edit. So, if I double-click, where it says I was taking the course, it'll open up the Widget properties and I can go ahead and change it in this text. Now, where it says user name, I want to make sure I don't type over that because that's going to be a variable, that's going to be automatically filled in based on the name that a student types in as they start the course. Where it says, has taken the course, we're going to say, has completed student orientation. And I don't think we need the course dates or the duration from it, so I'm just going to take that out. Here we have the date being automatically being filled. And under authorized signature, I'm just going to go ahead and sign this, Dr Robertson, University President. Let's go and click OK. And we now have our certificate placed directly on this last slide. So, the certificate though, wants some information from the student. It wants to know the name of the person completing this training. And I think the best place to do that is right when we start the presentation on this opening slide. We've intentionally left this bottom right-hand corner blank so that we can insert a text box where the student can type their name. To do that, let's go and select Text, and let's select a Text Entry Box. Now there's two things created with a Text Entry Box. There's the box itself, as well as a Submit button. I'm first going to grab the box, drag it down. I'm going to kind of line it up with Summer Training Session. And then just make it a little bit bigger. I'm next going to grab the button and drag the button down right next to it. And also make the button a little bit bigger. For the button caption I'm just going to go ahead and say Start Training, so our learners will know that after they've typed their name in, the way that they start the training is to click the Start Training button. I'm now going to come to the text box and select it.
And under the Variable section, I want this to be the CP or Captivate Quiz Info Student Name. That means that whatever is entered into this box is going to be associated with the variable, Student Name. At the very end of our training, where the certificate's at, the certificate's going to go out and look for anything that has the variable Student Name and it's going to go ahead and pre-fill the name into the certificate for us. Now, in order to help students know that their name goes here, we can add some default text to this box. So I'm just going to put the word name and then I'll go ahead and tell them to type it first and last, in that order. So that when students first open up the presentation, they'll know that they need to type their name right in the box and then click Start Training. Let's go ahead and test this to make sure everything's working. I'm going to go to Preview and I'm going to build the entire project.
Here I'll go ahead and type my name into the name box and the click Start Training. It's automatically taken us to the next page which is exactly what we wanted to do. I'm just going to quickly navigate down to our certificate now. And sure enough, the name I typed into the first box is showing up on the certificate. In addition to that, we've asked students to print the certificate, and this widget has included a Print button. Students would be able to complete our training and print a certificate that has their own name printed on it
- Choosing a project layout
- Applying and changing themes
- Adding text, media, and shapes
- Inserting interactive elements and widgets
- Adding audio and video
- Adding closed captions to video
- Using responsive templates, text, and images
- Accessing elearning
- Creating software simulations
- Publishing a Captivate project