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An overview of badges
An overview of badges

An overview of badges for managers and facilitators

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Written by Michele de Bes
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What are badges?

Badges, also called open badges, are micro-credentials - a form of digital recognition for skills and achievements. They are designed and issued by you, and verified by us.

Once awarded, third parties can check out the validity of the badge, see who issued it, when it was issued, and the criteria used for awarding the badge.

Screenshot of a badge awarded to Callum Mason for the course Global Citizenship.

Why use badges?

Badges are a great way to keep learners engaged and motivated. By chunking learning into smaller pieces, and aligning your content and assessment to badges, learners get recognition and reward along the way.

Learners can share their progress and success on the web via online CVs and social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook, or through special online badge collection services. That’s great advertising for you, and great recognition for them.

Our badges comply with the IMS Open Badges 2.0 standard making them shareable across the web.

How do you add a badge to your course?

Badges are added to a class activation by a manage user before the course begins, or at the time it is set up. See this article for how to add a badge to your course: How to assign a badge for course completion.

Note: You can only add one badge per course.

How do badges get awarded?

A manage user can choose to award a badge automatically, or have it manually awarded by a facilitator.

Check out this overview video to find out more:

Auto-awarded badges

Auto-awarded badges are awarded once 100% course progress has been met, or based on a bespoke integration.

To get 100% course progress a learner needs to view all the pages and complete all the tasks. More information can be found in this article: How do I complete my course to get 100% progress.

If you want to create a bespoke integration to set certain criteria that must be met in order for a badge to be auto-awarded, this needs to be set up by an account owner. Such criteria might be:

  • A learner must visit every page, and

  • complete 80% of the tasks, and

  • get a final score of 8/10 correct in the end of course quiz.

Bespoke integrations require the use of the Event Hub and an automation tool. For more information on how to do this see the article here.

Facilitator-awarded badges

Facilitators can use their discretion to award a badge even if a learner hasn’t achieved the pre-set criteria for awarding a badge, such as 100% course progress. This is useful if your course requires different badge criteria to the pre-set criteria (for example 60% course completion, plus attendance at a workshop).

If your course is a legacy course, this article will show you how to award badges in Class: Awarding and approving badges.

Endorsed badges

Badge endorsement is when you publicly state that a learner has satisfactorily completed all the work necessary to achieve the badge.

A learner can request an endorsement for their badge by selecting the Endorsements link on their badge on the course Overview page.

An endorser (a facilitator or employer for example) will receive the request via email to endorse the learner’s badge. Once submitted the learner will be notified by email that their badge has been endorsed.

You can find out more about badge endorsements in this video:

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