v1.14.0 – Email Customization and White Labelling


Take control of your credential communication with our new email editor. Our visual email editor lets you:

  • White label all emails sent to certificate and badge recipients.
  • Customize the content of any email.
  • Customize the call to actions in your email.
  • Specify a particular email template for any course or achievement.
  • Use an email template for multiple groups with just one click.
  • Localize email templates.

We’ve also taken steps to improve email deliverability and have provided more consistent, visually appealing email templates.

Want to learn how to use the new email editor? Click here.

Full Stack Developer, Cambridge, UK

Full Stack Developer, Cambridge, UK

Accredible is looking for a Full Stack Developer to continue building the best credentialing system in the world.

Your Role

In the past three years we’ve built the best credentialing product in the world. Universities, associations, tech companies and others are able to create, deliver and manage tens of thousands of digital certificates and open badges with just a few clicks. We’re continuing to make this product as good as it can be and have been laser focused on the needs of credential issuers. Now we’re ready to start focusing on credential recipients; the people who take part in learning and then receive a certificate or badge.

Your role will be to build a great product for certificate recipients. You’ll be helping them to upload their own certificates, send transcripts to third parties, embed their certificate wallet in a website, view course recommendations that help them skill up, etc. You’ll be able to have a huge impact for thousands and thousands of users.

You won’t be doing this alone as we have a world-class product team you’ll be working with. You’ll have support from a designer, a back-end engineer, a project manager and another front-end engineer.

Your skills

We are looking for you to demonstrate to us that you have these skills:

  • Full stack engineering ability. You’ll be working in, AngularJS 1.6, Ruby on Rails, HTML, SASS and Javascript. Design and UX support is be available but you’re comfortable building and maintaining product features that go from front-end to back-end. We think you’ll spend more time writing AngularJS than anything else.
  • Project management. You’ll agree with the team on your priorities and then you’ll take a leading role in planning and maintaining sprints to keep projects organised and to communicate effectively.
  • Enterprising, relentlessly resourceful, go-getting & resilient: You solve your own problems, use your initiative and creativity to think of smart solutions and you enjoy the process of thinking “how can I solve this hard problem in a better way than anyone else has before?”.
  • Ambitious, hungry and humble. You’re always interested in learning more and developing your skills.

Compensation and Benefits

  • £40,000+ salary + equity, depending on experience.
  • Flexible hours.
  • A close, dedicated startup team who are passionate about improving the education system and who are backed by some of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital investors.
  • 4 hours per week (paid) to spend learning anything you like, even if it’s not related to your role, plus a budget to spend on learning materials. We love education and we believe in nurturing your growth!
  • A promise to invest in your growth personally and professionally. Wherever you’d like to go and whatever you’d like to do we’ll be there to support you.

Apply Here: http://accredible.breezy.hr/p/95745b89416c-full-stack-developer-at-accredible

Zapier Integration


v1.13.0 – Recipient Verification Directory


We’re very excited to announce our new recipient verification directory! It offers a complete and flexible solution for certificate verification and finding certified professionals.

The directory enables you to: showcase your alumni and let third parties verify the authenticity of a certified individual without the need to call you.

The directory is completely customizable and easy to use:

  • You can choose whether a search is required before displaying certificate recipients.
  • You can choose which fields are shown in the results table.
  • You can choose which fields are used in the search form.
  • You can choose which groups (courses) are hidden from the directory. 
  • You’re able to easily customize the appearance.
  • It’s easy to embed the directory in your website.

Want to learn how to activate and use your directory? Click here.

v1.12.0 – LinkedIn Update


LinkedIn recently announced a change to their Add to Profile feature where certificate recipients are able to add their certificates to their profiles with one click. This announcement removes the feature and requires the recipient to manually enter the certificate information. With their new interface there is no way to auto-fill certificate information. You can find out more here: https://addtoprofile.linkedin.com/

This update has been propagating gradually to LinkedIn users over the past few weeks as they release their new interface.

We’ve released an update to Accredible which helps recipients with this change. We’ve added an easy set of instructions and a simple interface for them to copy and paste their information to LinkedIn. In addition we have one click social sharing on over 200 platforms, including LinkedIn.

Here’s our video guide: https://youtu.be/9nplUsUO0z4

v1.11.0 – Attributes


Custom Attributes now have been separated from Certificate Designs. This means that getting data into Accredible and managing your data is much easier.

Previously the Certificate Design dictated the fields available when creating Credentials – So the [attributes] you added to a Certificate Design would then show when creating credentials.

Now all Custom Attributes are available throughout the platform. Regardless of Certificate Design, Group etc. This is much closer to a standard “mail-merge” feature.

You can manage your Custom Attributes on the settings page. For example, you may add the following Attributes to your account:

* Partner Name – text
* Partner Logo – image
* Practical Exam Date – date

These new custom attributes will now be available to you whenever you add Credentials, regardless of the group. They are also available on the Certificate Design in an easy selection interface.

When should I use a Digital Certificate and Digital Badge?

Credentials are changing. The advent of digital credentials promise automation, verification, security and cost savings but the new paradigms can be a stark change from the traditional paper-based model. In this guide, we’ll help you to understand what the digital credentialing options are and when it’s appropriate to use them.

Digital Certificates and Digital Badges

Digital credentials come in two forms: digital certificates and digital badges.

Digital Certificates are very similar to a paper certificate and look visually the same. They are available at a unique web link (URL) that can be viewed like paper. They allow for additional information such as a transcript, work sample or reference to be attached.

Digital Badges are similar in appearance to a physical badge or medal. They usually follow the Open Badge standard so that they can be used by different software platforms.

 

 

Perceptions, Function and Form

Credentials are the main outcome that third parties see from achievements and so it’s very important that they represent the outcomes appropriately and communicate as much as possible as quickly as possible.

One reason for using these two formats for different achievements (courses, events, memberships, accreditations) is that they have different perceptions for people viewing them. It’s expected to receive a certificate for something like a university degree but a badge for completing a module in an online course.

The two formats act differently for their recipients. An Open Badge is focused on a small visual representation of an achievement that can be easily embedded in different places. A digital certificate is focused on clearly communicating the achievement in a recognized format.

 

Guidelines

To make it easy to know when it’s appropriate to use each format we’ve put together some guidelines based on what most credential issuers are doing today, what recipients expect and what is simple for third party viewers to understand.

 

Use a Digital Certificate when:

  1. Your achievement takes a long time to complete. For example: a course that takes more than 40 hours to complete.
  2. Assessment of the achievement is formal (summative). For example: a course that has a proctored and assessed examination.
  3. The achievement is ‘high stakes’. For example: membership of a professional association that’s required to work in that particular domain.
  4. Employers are likely to view the achievement. For example: professional certification of a skill.

 

Use a Digital Badge when:

  1. Your achievement doesn’t take too long to complete. For example: an online course that takes 2 hours to complete.
  2. Assessment of the achievement is informal (formative). For example: a course with an unmarked quiz.
  3. The achievement is ‘low stakes’. For example: attending a conference.
  4. Recipients complete many achievements of a similar type. For example: a set of modules within a university degree.

 

Using Accredible you are able to create, deliver and manage credentials that combine both of these formats in a single, convenient package. If you’d like to combine the portability of Open Badges with the recognition of Digital Certificates then we recommend using both of these formats for your credentials.

v1.10.0 – Guides


We’re excited to announce that Accredible is easier to learn!

We’ve added six walkthrough guides and a new help video to teach you how to get started: creating certificates, making a certificate design, branding an email, customizing your social media settings and using badges. You can access the guides at any time on your dashboard https://dashboard.accredible.com/issuer/dashboard/

v1.8.0 – Portrait Certificates and International Paper Sizes


More news from the Accredible Product Team!

We’ve got another update for your digital credentials!Now you can make your certificates portrait in orientation and select different paper sizes. We’ve added some templates to help you get started. If you previously had a US Letter size template and always wanted an A4 template, you can finally make the switch, and the update should take no time at all.

Watch the video to see all the changes to the Design Editor https://youtu.be/DF_kULeaKL8

v1.7.2 – Canvas Integration & Customizing your Recipient Experience


Great news from the Accredible Team,

We have a new Canvas LMS integration which you can use to automatically sync course data and generate credentials: https://www.eduappcenter.com/apps/652

In addition, you can now customize your recipient experience:

  • Change which features are visible to people viewing your certificates and badges.
  • Disable features that you don’t want recipients to use.

Here’s our video walking you through how to update the recipient experience: https://youtu.be/1LwYK_CdA00