I have been using badges linked to staff CPD for a while now and it is great seeing how excited staff can get about receiving badges. It has given us an insight into how well it will work with students.
I am excited about the following:
1. The layout of badges both in course and in profile. It looks like one of those 'collect them all' sticker books and provides a real incentive for everyone to try and complete everything.
2. It easily lets you link badges to a Module.
3. Tracking of badge completion looks great
4. The leaderboard is fantastic! (if it loads)
However, there have been some issues. The issues that really ruin all of the four points above.
1. Random badges appearing in staff profiles... it's a bit of a mystery as to where they have come from.
2. Slow loading. Reallllly slow loading (if it loads at all). With only 170 people working in it, I am nervous about moving it to full school.
3. Administrator roles not receiving badges. We have various administrator roles and they all complete CPD too, but there have been issues with how they see badges.
4. Not being able to link to Outcomes or Assignments. I understand that this will come in the future though.
5. Whilst leading an INSET with 20 people the other day. Over half could not even access Badgr or it froze.
6. The badge creator being very limited and not allowing you add text to badges.
7. There has been a lack of support from Badgr, with emails often bouncing back.
I am desperate to find a badge issuing LTI that works fully and is reliable enough to launch full school. I like Canvabadges, but even with that there were some issues with how it was giving badges automatically, or not.
Is anyone having similar issues with Badgr? Have you found a way of solving the issues? Would you recommend using a different badge issuer?