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Proof of completion without certificate

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We’re hoping to encourage employees to complete a course. We’ll require employees to provide proof of completion, however we do not want to require they pay $60 for a certificate. Do you get an email confirming your completion of course, even if you DO NOT pay for the certificate?

Thanks for your help!

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Best answer by Maryam 9 June 2021, 01:29

Hi @swhite and everyone,

I wanted to clarify that the list of free courses that learners can take and complete for free is available on the Coursera platform itself. You may visit this section of the catalog:

https://www.coursera.org/search?query=free&index=prod_all_products_term_optimization&entityTypeDescription=Courses&tab=all

According to the results, they are around 1748. (I excluded guided projects that don't have assignments.)

As the Original Poster mentions they are looking for an "email of completion", I think this point should be highlighted  here:

There is a difference between a course that you take and complete for free and a course that you can take, complete, AND get as a finished course in your Completed tab and Accomplishments page. In some courses, you would not get any signs of completion even after completing every item. They would remain in your In-progress tab because they don't have any assignments. For example, there is a writing course from Lund that falls into this category. (Class Central has put it on their list.) Yes, it's free, but you'll not get it as a finished course in your Completed tab and the Accomplishments page. There will be NO email of completion either. But it seems they include only a small portion of the total 1748 courses.

Hope this helps.
 

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Hi @swhite . **You can also check your Accomplishments page to see courses you completed but did not earn Course Certificates for, and your final grades in all the courses you've completed**. also the learners get an email confirming the completion of the course according this help article : Course Certificates

if you still need assistance you can reach the customer support agent , make sure you are login to your account you will find fill out our contact form at the bottom of the page click on it and after submit your email query : https://learner.coursera.help/hc/en-us/articles/360036160591-Get-Help-with-Coursera . 

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Hi, it’s a bit fuzzy question. Do you mean, your Agency pays in their behalf, or you ask people to get a course, provided it’s free?

In the second case, please be aware that all* courses here allow an Audit mode -- but within this option, only few courses also provide free assignments and their grading, taking to a formal “accomplishment” that will be notified by email

(in case you pay, you will also obtain a Certificate) 

hope it helps


*all courses: there always may be exceptions I’m not aware of 

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Hi @swhite, if you want your employees to be able to complete a course in full, they need to choose one described as ‘Full Course, No Certificate’ (it shows as one of the options after clicking on the Enroll button). If the only other option besides a paid certificate says ‘Audit only’, they won’t be able to complete the course for free, as Audit doesn’t give you access to the assignments.

That said, I respectfully don’t agree with @ATP in that there are only a few courses with free assignments. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were over 2000 of them, including some guided projects and community guided projects. For examples, this list from ClassCentral shows about 1600 completely free courses without certificates on Coursera (and as far as I know, there are some new ones not included here): https://www.classcentral.com/report/coursera-free-online-courses/.

About the proof of completion without paying for a certificate:

  1. After a person finishes all the required assignments, you get a congratulatory e-mail from Coursera, as @salahny has pointed out, but with some courses they also get an additional e-mail from an institution that had provided the courses (in my experience, Stanford does that).
  2. On an Accomplishments page, the courses without a cerfiticate still have their grade displayed (e.g. Grade Achieved: 93%). Actually, it looks really good, and a screenshot of this page might easily be the proof you need.
  3. When you get to the specific course page and it’s been completed, under ‘Overview’ you can see a big message with an image of a certificate (with a sprinkle of confetti 😉 and words: ‘Congratulations! You’ve succesfully completed (name of the course)’. Have them take a screenshot and you’re set.
  4. Your employees can also make use of one of the Coursera promotions, which offer free certificates after completion and are available pretty much every month. Now it’s this promo for the Pride Month, a pretty useful course on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, a bunch of courses for learners in India, and six courses on Covid from Stanford and John Hopkins, including one in Spanish.
  5. Also, some fascinating courses on Coursera don’t offer certificates to anyone (e. g. a few Princeton courses on programming and IT or Stanford’s Health across the Gender Spectrum). Some of them even don’t have assignments. In this case, a printed page with all the course items ticked off will do as a proof.
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Hi @dagsljos … I said “just a few” for precaution and for Statistics: 2000 courses may be many, but “many” could be no more than 30% -- however I don’t have data to say (so it’s just precaution :D

Anyway “Audit only implies no free assignment” is not true : hereby I show my Accomplishment page:

  • top you see some of the courses I purchased, but downwards a list of Audit-mode Graded courses, accomplished and still waiting for a Certificate purchase (** if any)

The point our Guest is seemingly more interested to, is that whether there is a list of such “free-assignment” courses, so the list from ClassCentral might come handy -- but no way to discover it unless checking one by one!   

 

Hi @swhite and everyone,

I wanted to clarify that the list of free courses that learners can take and complete for free is available on the Coursera platform itself. You may visit this section of the catalog:

https://www.coursera.org/search?query=free&index=prod_all_products_term_optimization&entityTypeDescription=Courses&tab=all

According to the results, they are around 1748. (I excluded guided projects that don't have assignments.)

As the Original Poster mentions they are looking for an "email of completion", I think this point should be highlighted  here:

There is a difference between a course that you take and complete for free and a course that you can take, complete, AND get as a finished course in your Completed tab and Accomplishments page. In some courses, you would not get any signs of completion even after completing every item. They would remain in your In-progress tab because they don't have any assignments. For example, there is a writing course from Lund that falls into this category. (Class Central has put it on their list.) Yes, it's free, but you'll not get it as a finished course in your Completed tab and the Accomplishments page. There will be NO email of completion either. But it seems they include only a small portion of the total 1748 courses.

Hope this helps.
 

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Thank you for your quick responses  - @salahny, @ATP, @dagsljos, and @Maryam! All your answers were quite helpful.

We’re specifically looking at the Indigenous Canada course offered by the University of Alberta (should have included that detail in my original post, apologies), which is at the top of the list in the link you provided @Maryam. Does that mean completion is confirmed after participants finish w/o a certificate, whether it be an email or inclusion on the “accomplishments page”?

 

Would anyone have insight into that specific course? It is an “enroll for free” NOT an “audit for free” course….

@swhite,

You're welcome. Glad this helped you.

If they enroll via the Full Course, No Certificate option, yes, they should receive an email of completion which says, "congratulations, you completed the course". Also, the course will be put in their Completed tab and on their Accomplishments page (in the Other Completed Courses section, not in the certificate section).

If they pay or apply for Financial Aid, they'll receive a course certificate, too. 

But if they don't need a certificate, what I explained above will happen.

 

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@swhite You can always press the button “Enroll for Free” with no further consequences as long as you don’t select an enrollment option in the pop-up menu that will therefore open

  • paid / audit-only / full-no certificate

As I opened some of those free-completion courses -- I’m starting to realize that Audit-mode means that it doesn’t allow grading and completion warning (as @dagsljos pointed out -- so I apologize ‘case I complained wrong -- the fact is that I don’t care at all to that aspect of courses :P

  • so also thanks for this interesting thread!, 

I feel it could have been a one-only post reply, had we used a Visual: I wonder Coursera would implement a multi-tag graphical selection mode (come on, make that interactive choice 3D graph database! )

Maybe the useful point is that you can also check whether a course fits your need as for content / requisites by visiting the course presentation,

  • go to Syllabus, the first item of each week opens a preview

best luck 

(you know I’m actually going through the Changing Arctic Environment Specialization, Colorado Boulder so I myself had listed the Indigenous Canada course)

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