Adding an Open Badge
Admin Area > Settings > Badges
Note: Before creating a new badge, please keep in mind that badges are always made up of the following elements: Name, Description, Image, Additional Criteria (possibilities of which are explained in this article).
When creating a new badge, you should:
- Press ADD BADGE.
- Give your badge a name and a description.
- Click Submit.
You'll now be prompted to state the 'New Criteria' for earning this badge, so select from the drop-down menu what the 'User Must' do.
Criteria can be organised into ‘Paths’.
Paths are equivalent ways of gaining the Badge; a user can achieve a given badge by fulfilling all of the criteria in Path 1 or Path 2; they don’t have to do both to achieve the Badge.
Each Path can have multiple criteria (as seen in Path 2 above) - there is no limit.
Criteria come in two forms; Completions and Achievements.
Completion is the act of finishing:
- A course
- A level
- Another badge
Completing a course is a straightforward task – finish all the levels within the course and you get the badge.
You could issue a badge for completing ‘level n’ of a particular course. This is especially useful in the context of a ‘non-linear’ course; for example, giving out badges for finishing specific levels can be a better award than trying to get someone to complete an entire course (especially when that isn't necessary).
Completing a badge is a neat way of ‘nesting’ badges within badges. I could make the Criteria for the ‘Gold’ Badge to be to complete the ‘Silver’ and the ‘Bronze’ badges, as well as doing some other activities.
Achievement is our generic term for having earned a certain level of experience. It is possible to ‘achieve’ 50 comments, or ‘achieve’ 10 upvotes for my contributions. The full list of achievable elements are as follows:
- Objects Viewed
- Votes Given
- Votes Received
You can further define ‘achieve’ criteria using the ‘in’ and ‘where tagged’ filters. In is how you can define a piece of achieve criteria by a course or level. So for example, I could create a criterion that says the learner must…
Achieve <10> <comments> in <course name> where tagged <curating>
This would only award the Badge for comments made in a particular course (in the example, the 'How To Create An Outstanding MOOC' course), on objects tagged with particular tags (in this example the 'curating' tab).
Using this sort of filter, you can create badges that reward learners for showing expertise or knowledge in a particular topic within a wider course context.
You can name paths and criteria however you wish, however, it is best practice to use a scalable labelling system. We would tend to label each Path 1, 2, 3 and so on, and then name each criteria within a path 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc.
Clicking on the cog icon towards the top-right of the screen will now allow you to:
- Change the name of your badge.
- Provide a description for your badge.
- Upload an image to be associated with your badge.
- Change the status of your badge (edit or live). Don't forget to change this to live once everything has been set up!)
- Remove the badge or save your work.
Note: Don't forget to change the Badge Status to Live once you have set the Badge up and checked everything.
Displaying an Open Badge
When a path is fulfilled, the Badge is issued to the user.
Badges that are available, in progress and completed are displayed on each user's profile under ‘Badges’.
Below the badges we explain a little more about what an ‘Open Badge’ is for learners. It is not necessary for users to sync with Mozilla Backpack, but it offers users a centralised locker for their badges, if they wish to use it.
You can click on each Badge to show the criteria to earn that Badge, and you will see further information against any criteria that has already been fulfilled.
When a Badge has been completed, the Evidence is displayed as a series of links which are publicly accessible.
This is a fundamental tenant of the Open Badge specification; in order to verify that a Badge is worthwhile, external people must be able to see the evidence. It won’t given away any great big secrets, just the criteria description of what was done.
Editing an Open Badge
On the Badge admin screen you can:
- View Badges that are live and badges that are still being edited. This is an important distinction. Because all Badges created with Curatr are Open Badges, you can’t just change the criteria that determines the award on-the-fly. That would modify badges that have already been issued – that’s changing the criteria AFTER an award has been made, which is neither fair nor very rigorous.
- Report on all users who have been awarded a given badge, and see the evidence that they completed the badge.