Badgr Groups in Canvas

This feature is in Beta and may not be available to all users.

The Badgr Groups LTI in Canvas allows instructors and institutions to award badges within Canvas. For information on installing the LTI or deployment management see our installation instructions and deployment guide

 

Course setup

If Badgr has already been installed at the account or sub-account level instructors can access Badgr Groups from the sidebar navigation. If Badgr Groups has not been installed see our installation instructions.

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Once the Badgr LTI has been selected, users will need to select an issuer. Instructors will be able to choose from a pre-authorized list of issuers or can use one of their own. To authorize an issuer of their own user will need to:

  1. Enter the email associated with their Badgr account, then click continue
  2. Go to their email account and retrieve the verification code and enter it
  3. Once verified, the instructor will be able to select an issuer from their account using the "Use Issuer" button

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Once an Instructor opens Badgr Groups from the tool list and selects an issuer, a new group is created. Instructors can then create or use existing badges to associate Canvas course items with badges, connect pathways, and set up the leaderboard

Managing Canvas requirements

After the LTI has been installed and configured, instructors can manage the requirements in the course by going to the Setup tab and selecting the Manage Canvas requirements button or the ellipsis next to it. Base users of Badgr will be able to create module completion requirements and manual award badge requirements to be tracked in Canvas. 

Badgr Pro users will also be able to create associations to individual assignments, the overall course grade, and track externally awarded badges. 

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Module completion requirement

After selecting the Manage Canvas requirements button, users will be able to use the checkboxes to select which modules badges should be automatically awarded based on. Once the checkbox has been selected instructors can use the drop-down to choose which badge will be awarded. For more information on creating module completion requirements see setting Canvas module completion requirements.

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Course Grade

Badgr Pro users are able to award a badge based on course grade or course completion. After selecting the Manage Canvas requirements button instructors will be able to select the checkbox on the Course Grade item. Next, the requirement will need to be chosen, either percentage score or completion. And lastly, the course completion badge will need to be chosen from the dropdown of existing badges or creating a new badge by using the ellipsis. 

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Assignment

Badge Pro users are also able to automatically award badges based on individual assignments. Depending on the assignment instructors will be able to choose from points score, percentage score, or completion of the assignment. Like the other requirements, instructors will be able to choose from the dropdown of existing badges or create a new badge by using the ellipsis

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Manual awards and external badge tracking

In addition to linking badges to Canvas requirements, instructors can also incorporate manual awards and track external awards for Pro users. Manually awarded badges can be used to track extra credit or optional assignments. While external badges can be used to track badges awarded at guest lectures, events, or other activities outside the course. For more information on setting these up see manual and external badges.

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Using the leaderboard and associating pathways

The leaderboard in a group allows students to see their ranking in a course and allows instructors to encourage healthy competition. Badgr Pro users who plan to use leaderboard points will need to ensure that the leaderboard is enabled before they're able to set points on badges.

Badgr Groups allows multiple pathways to be associated with an individual group. Allowing students and instructors to track learning progress over multiple timeframes and paths.

Course roster and resync

With the Badgr Groups LTI, students are automatically enrolled into the group based on the course roster. At the bottom of the Progress tab, instructors will find a Resync now button that will update the group. Groups will automatically update once a day but may need to be manually resynced earlier if new students have been enrolled or the grade book has been changed.

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Instructors can also do a CSV Export for learner progress and all badge awards in the group.