LinkedIn is used by over 900 million people around the world for professional networking, job seeking, and showcasing their achievements. As of March 2023, you can share the achievements you’ve earned in Brightspace directly to your LinkedIn Profile!
Figure: Use the Share to LinkedIn option on the Share My Award modal to add the award to the Licenses & Certifications section of your LinkedIn Profile.
To share your award, visit the My Awards page and click Share on the Award you’d like to add to your profile. Click Share to LinkedIn, and you’ll be taken to LinkedIn in a new browser window. Note, you’ll have to sign in if you’re not already. The information about your award, including the award Name, Issuing Organization, Issue & Expiration Date, and Public URL (if applicable) will automatically populate in the Add license or certification modal in LinkedIn. When you click Save, the award will appear in the Licenses & Certifications section of your profile, and you’ll be asked if you’d like to also share this accomplishment via the LinkedIn homepage news feed.
Figure: Award Name, Issuing Organization, Issue and Expiry Dates, and Public URL (if applicable) are automatically shared to LinkedIn.
And just like that, members of your professional network can see and celebrate your achievements.
Figure: The new Share to LinkedIn option in Awards.
Do you have questions about this new feature? We have answers! Check out the FAQs and feel free to add your own question to the comments section below.
FAQs on Awards Sharing
Q: Why don’t I see this sharing option?
A: This feature has to be turned on by an administrator, and instructors have the option of turning it off for their course. It is enabled by the following config variable: d2l.Tools.Awards.LinkedInEnabled (Org). When the config is turned On, a checkbox appears on the Course Awards page that allows the instructor to determine whether or not awards from that course can be shared directly to LinkedIn. By default, this checkbox/sharing option is On. If the checkbox remains on, users in the course will have the option to share the awards earned in that course directly to LinkedIn. If the checkbox is un-checked, this option is removed for awards issued in that course.
Q: What does the “Credential URL” field do and how do I get it to populate when I share an award to LinkedIn?
A: This field populates if you choose to include a link to the public URL of your award. The ability to create a public link to your award also has to be turned on by an administrator. If the feature is available, you can choose whether or not to generate and include a public link. This option is set via an “Include public link to award” checkbox when sharing the award to LinkedIn. If you create and share a public link, LinkedIn will include a “See credential” button below the award on your profile, which will open the public link with additional award information in a new tab. Note, if this public link is generated, anyone with the link can access the award info – they do not have to be logged in to LinkedIn to see it. For more information, see our Community post on Sharing Awards with a Public Link.
Q: Who is the “Issuing organization” of the award?
A: The “Issuer organization” is set by a Brightspace administrator with the d2l.Tools.Awards.IssuerLinkedInID (Org) config variable. There, they can enter their organization’s LinkedIn ID. If an administrator does not fill this information in, the awards will default to display with D2L as the issuing organization.
Q: Can I un-share an award once it has been shared to LinkedIn?
A: Yes, you can do this directly on your LinkedIn profile by choosing to Edit the Licenses & Certifications section, selecting the award, and deleting it. Note, you cannot delete the award from LinkedIn directly from Brightspace.
Q: Do deletions of the award, course, user, etc in Brightspace cause the award to be deleted from LinkedIn?
A: No. Once the award has been shared to LinkedIn, deletions of the award, the course, or the user in Brightspace have no impact on appearance of the award on LinkedIn.
Q: What happens if my award expires?
A: The award’s expiration date is set by the issuer when they create the award. It can be a static date or relative date (for example, 3 months after the date the recipient earned the award). The expiration date is automatically brought in to LinkedIn when the award is shared, and it displays with the award information on your profile. As of now, the appearance of the award on your profile does not change after the expiration date passes.