Admin Area > Settings > Badges > Add Badge
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:
- Give your badge a name
- 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 pencil icon towards the top of the screen
will now allow you to:
- 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
Finally - don't forget to change the Badge Status to Live once you have set the Badge up and checked everything.