Ryan Corris

Mastery Paths with Badgr

Blog Post created by Ryan Corris on Jan 9, 2018

If you have not explored Mastery Paths yet, I highly suggest doing so.  In short, Mastery Paths is a way to differentiate and individualize learning.  Students take an initial assessment.  The assessment can be auto graded if it is a quiz or students can even submit an assignment that there teacher grades in SpeedGrader.  Based off of the score, each student is assigned to an upper, a middle, or a lower path.  The teacher sets up the content for each path that is conditionally released once the students receive their score.  So, how does this work with Badgr?


Badgr allows badges to be awarded for completion of a Canvas module. So there are two ways that I can see using Badgr with Mastery Paths.


All in One Module Method

For this method you would build all of your items for each of the three paths in a single module and assign a Badgr badge to the module.  Let's say there were fifteen items that would be conditionally released based off of students' scores on the initial assessment.  Items 1-5 are set to the high score path, 6-10 are assigned to the middle path, and items 11-15 are for the low score path.  Make sure to set all fifteen items as required for module completion.  Normally, students would have to complete all 15 required items to complete the module and receive a Badgr badge.  However, students only need to complete the items assigned to their path to receive the Badgr badge.  For example, I am a student and I earn a score that places me in the middle path which assigns items 6-10 to me for completion.  Once I complete these 5 items, I will receive my Badgr badge.  Since the other 10 items have not been assigned to me, I do not need to complete them to receive my badge, even though they have been marked as required for module completion.


Since everything is contained within one module, each student would receive the same Badgr badge since only one badge can be attached to a module.


Each Path in its Own Module Method

This method offers the opportunity to give a different badge for each of the three paths.  Using the same fifteen items from the example above, create three different modules.  One module for each path.  So, module 1 could be the high score path and contain items 1-5.  Module two might be the middle score path and hold items 6-10.  Module three could include items 11-15 and be set for the low score path.  Make sure to set all items in each module to required.  Once the initial assessment is completed by students and scored, students will once again be assigned to a path.  In this case, the path would also direct students to a specific module.  (Students may see the other two modules, but they would be empty.  Only the items for their specific path will be visible.) Each module could be assigned a different badge or the same badge depending on your goal.  


If you have questions or additional ideas, please include them in the comments below.  I would also love to hear about your own experiences with Badgr and Mastery Paths.



Some helpful resources...

Here are a few Canvas guides that were helpful when I was learning about Mastery Paths: 

Here is a great blog post by Kona Jones with a slightly different thoughts about how Mastery Paths can be used: 

If you have questions about Badgr, check with Kim Hammond