Kimberly Ellis

2020 Course Design Essentials: The ABC’s of Badging!

Blog Post created by Kimberly Ellis on Jun 9, 2020

Easy as 1, 2, 3!

A badge in Canvas is simply a visual symbol of achievement, similar to a physical badge, trophy, or sticker—but in a digital format!  You may have been in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts and remember working extra hard to earn badges!  Badges have been used effectively over the years to get individuals to take ACTION!  Some of you may remember how a sticker in elementary school made you feel.  Imagine that feeling as an adult!   

Let’s get started!


A badge1: ADD THE APP

Add the Badgr LTI.  Use the guides below for step-by-step instructions on how to get the Badgr tool inside of your course:

B Badge2: BUILDModule Example for Badging

Prepare for badging in your course and build your module content and organization. Apply Module Requirements to those items that you want students to view and/or complete successfully in order to earn a badge.


Example: The image to the right shows one of the possible ways you could organize Modules.  Students must view all of the Pages and submit all of the Assessments in Modules 1-3, in order to earn the badge (located in the 4th Module). Notice that the 4th Module has a Prerequisite set so it doesn’t open until all three of the previous modules have been successfully completed.



Create a badge using your favorite design tool (like Canva or Google Draw). Be sure to set your image at 400x400px. You can also use the Badgr Badge Creation tool to easily create badges! 


Finally, set up your badges to award automatically when students complete requirements by creating an issuer and selecting badges for modules.


As simple as do-re-mi!  That’s how easy Badging can be!

Show us what you can do!

We would love to hear how you are using badging in your courses, and see the badges that you have created!  What has worked well at your institution?  Are you using badging with students?  What about for professional development and/or certifications?  Do you find that badges increase interest, attendance, participation, or engagement?

Canvas Live Event

For more information on badging, join the Instructional Design Team on Wednesday, June 17th, 10:30 am (MST), for a Canvas Live Event via your favorite social media platforms (Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, YouTube, etc.).  Recordings of past events can be found on our CanvasLMS YouTube Channel.

Resources for Instructors and Administrators

  • Kim Hammond from the Badgr Team offers excellent resources, such as Live Webinars.
  • If you are looking for a great Canvas Student Orientation Course that utilizes badges, check out our Passport to Canvas course, which is available for free in Canvas Commons!
  • If you are an Admin for your Canvas instance, explore how to add Badges on Canvas Profiles so badges can be seen on user’s profiles in Canvas. 

Monthly Canvas Community Event Launch

The Canvas Learning Services Team is launching our 2020 Course Design Essentials monthly event. These events will include blog posts, live events, free design assets, how-to screencasts, and tips and tricks that focus on Canvas course design fundamentals to help you elevate your course design. Instructional Designers

Why Are We Launching This Event?

We utilize the Canvas Community on a regular basis to position instructional design resources! We understand the impact and power of the Instructional Designers space within the Community and want to give back. 

Who Are We?

We are part of Instructure’s Learning Services Team!  More specifically, we are Laurie Norris, Kimberly Ellis, Miranda Madigan, and Marah Metallo. Between the four of us, we have over 28 years of Canvas experience! Within Canvas, we have been students, teachers, admins, trainers, consultants, and instructional designers. We have created fully-online, hybrid/blended, and face-to-face courses for learners ranging from preschool through post-secondary and everything in between.

Our Instructional Design team offers templates, consultation, badging services, course evaluations, workshops, and more. If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact your CSM or Deonne Johnson, Manager, Learning Services, via