This sounds really promising. We're really exploring badging. Has anyone started investigating this integration?
Rob, it looks interesting, but I haven't checked it out that much. Hopefully someone else will have some information on this!
I'm also going to switch this over to a discussion (instead of a question) so that way we can continue the conversation with no need for a "correct" answer.
Hey Rob Gibson
I share your excitement, as Badgr sounds quite promising. From what I've heard, It’s a good integration while still being a work in progress. It uses a combination of LTI and API, similar to Canvabadges. I believe schools can sign up for an account at badgr.io and test it out!
We have a professional development area that is using Canvabadges and as been asking about Badgr. Hope I can help them out now!
Hey, Rob and everyone else here, I'm assuming you've all seen this? Webinar: Open Badges in Canvas with Badgr
I get the unauthorized message? I must not be part of the group that is under?
Hi, YADDIRA! Actually, the space in which that event resides is currently "under construction," but it should be available again soon.
In the meantime, that's actually the link to the event. I was able to find the recording of the event, which will undoubtedly be more useful (since the event took place nearly two years ago ). You'll be able to view the recording, and lots of others, on this page (scroll down to find the one for Badgr): Webinars | Canvas Learning Management System
We have another free upcoming webinar that will cover all things Badgr including:
Please join us!
When: August 15, 2018 @ 10 am PDT
Register here: Webinar Registration - Zoom
It will be interesting to compare Badgr to Canvabadges! I'm looking forward to the webinar.
Hi everyone- I'm late to this conversation but would be happy to talk about integrating Badgr with Canvas if you haven't found a badging solution yet. Open Badges are gaining in popularity and use and can serve to motivate your students and learning. Integration takes less than 5 minutes and only the admin needs to create an account. Feel free to contact me anytime.
Do you know if Badgr can be set up at the course level, or is it an account level item?
Badgr can be set up at the course level, sub-account or account level. Badgr Pro analytics roll-up to the account level, so if you are interested in analytics, I would recommend installing Badgr account-wide. We may have some room in our Badgr Pro pilot program which gives you access to Badgr Pro at no cost or obligation for 6 months. Let me know if you are interested in getting set up. I am happy to assist.
We are looking into Badgr for UNH. Is there still room in the Pro pilot program?
Thanks for asking! We've authorized your Canvas server URL back in July so you are all set to use Badgr in your coursework. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you need any assistance getting started.
I'm excited too!! If you email them they will answer and are very helpful. I have it integrated and testing it out in one course so far.
We've created a module in Canvas Commons: Using Badges (with Badgr) in your Canvas Courseto help faculty create and implement Badges [uses Canva and Badgr] in their course. There is also an Assignment, which has been shared via Canvas Commonthat ties to our Students: Intro to Canvas course (not shared to Canvas Commons).
Let us know if you need any help or have questions!
HI Kim: It appears that if changes are made to the criteria in the module, there is no way for Badges to be updated to student records. For example, a student completed the assignment, but it was not auto-corrected. I changed the criteria and the assignment was auto-corrected and it now satisfies the criteria. Unfortunately, the student(s) are not awarded the badge. Please help explain this nuance.
Hi Geralyn Stephens! I sent you a DM but thought I'd also follow up here. It sounds as if something is not quite right with the module requirements or the way the rules were updated. I'd be happy to help you troubleshoot this. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or reply to me directly. Thank you!
Hey Kim! Thank you for responding. Yes, I received your earlier message. Unfortunately, classes begin on Monday, 1/08 and I'm working feverishly (in sub-zero weather) to get every thing ready. So, I haven't had another chance to review and document. Please let me get through next week and I'll followup with you. -Geralyn
I asked the Badgr Help if we would be able to manually award badges in Canvas in the future. Here was the reply.
Great question, thanks for writing in. Yes.
This feature is actually coming later this week as part of an upgrade for Badgr Pro for Canvas. Now you can track badges not awarded through a Canvas module in your courses. Pro users (see affordable institutional pricing) will now see an option to add other badges they award to the list of those tracked in a course. These badges can be awarded in the easy award badge form in badgr.io outside of Canvas (see guide). We may add an award form for these badges to the Badgr interface in Canvas in the future if our Pro users ask for it.
Nate OttoDirector, Open Badges, Concentric Skyconcentricsky.comhe/him/his
I was not pleased that this is a "pro" account-only feature coming. Awarding badges manually is the most basic of all possible badging functions in an LMS. Schoology has it natively (without apps) and CanvaBadges used to.
Hi, Edwin. Many of our free tier users award badges manually in Canvas by adding a module, adding the badge to the module, and then triggering completion of the module based on a single assignment grade that they may enter in their gradebook. They then trigger award by adding a grade above the completion threshold to the gradebook. This assignment may be weighted at 0% if you don't want this "grade" to contribute to the actual final course grade.
Thanks for the feedback, we'll continue to consider your use case as we make more upgrades to Badgr for Canvas and Badgr Pro for Canvas.
Of course awarding a badge manually is a very basic badging feature and may be done for free outside of Canvas, as I mentioned in my help ticket response. Tracking external badge awards from within Canvas is a feature that at the moment is included in the paid Badgr Pro option. Many of our forthcoming "advanced" configuration options will be available for pro users.
Thanks for the ideas. Are you positive that awarding a single badge to a student in badgr shows up in their Canvas account? I had some problems while experimenting in that area. As far as the suggested work-around, other students will see that dummy assignment and wonder why they have zeros or blanks. Would be much easier just to have a settings area in the Badgr tab where check boxes exist in columns under the title of each badge and student names down the far left column.
I'm not averse to paying out of pocket for some extra bells and whistles on the apps that are at the core of my teaching. Heck, I bought all the Chromebooks in my 1:1 classroom (~$3k) out of pocket some seven years ago (still using them). But $150 to cover all my kids for a year for some extras on a badging app is a pretty tough sell. Maybe you guys should revisit your pricing structure. I'd go $20 max per year for a badging app that gave me full control of everything including a few extra gamification add-ons. Just saying, there are soooooo many teaching apps out there that are way overpriced when they could work like phone apps--$5 here, $10 there, and teachers would actually buy them without having to beg their admins every year for these little extras.
Anyway, thanks for listening.
Very excited for the possibilities! I have used badges in the distant past - in higher ed they make a great way to encourage your students into desired behaviors (setting their notifications, for one).
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