17.5. Ending a Course

This topic describes how to complete several end-of-course tasks.

For more information, see the following other topics about certificates.

17.5.1. Sending a Farewell Message

As you prepare for the end of your course, you can send learners a course farewell email message.

17.5.2. Assigning Final Grades

To assign a final grade to each learner enrolled in a course, you generate grades after the course end date and time have passed. For more information, see Generate a Grade Report for All Learners in a Course.

The learner’s final grade and the grading configuration you set in Studio determine whether the learner has earned a certificate for the course.

17.5.3. Issuing Certificates

For instructor-paced courses, course teams work with edX to generate and distribute certificates. For more information, contact your edX partner manager.

For self-paced courses, Studio automatically generates certificates. for learners when they have completed enough of the course, and with a high enough grade, to qualify for a certificate. After Studio generates certificates, a View Certificate option is visible to learners on the learner dashboard.

If you want Studio to generate certificates only after learners have completed the course, you can disable this feature. For more information, see Allow Learners to Receive Early Certificates. Allow Learners to Receive Early Certificates

To allow learners to receive certificates before the course end date or before they have completed the course, you use the Enable Student-Generated Certificates setting on the instructor dashboard.


By default, self-paced courses issue certificates to learners as soon as learners have completed enough of the course, with a high enough grade, to earn a certificate. You do not have to change any settings.

  1. View the live version of your course.

  2. In the LMS, select Instructor, and then select Certificates.

  3. Select Enable Student-Generated Certificates.

    To prevent learners from receiving early certificates, select Disable Student-Generated Certificates. Allow Learners to Download Early Certificates

To allow learners to download early certificates, you modify the Certificates Display Behavior advanced setting in Studio.

  1. In Studio, on the Settings menu, select Advanced Settings.
  2. On the Advanced Settings page, locate Certificates Display Behavior.
  3. In the Certificates Display Behavior field, enter "early_no_info". Be sure that you include the double quotation marks.
  4. Select Save Changes.