Badgr Spaces: What is it? Why use it?
Badgr Pro Organization can create a Badgr Space to track Objective and Pathway progress for a group of Recipients within Badgr, outside of an LMS. Users can create objectives for learners to complete, track progress on a Pathway or Leaderboard, and give users a more interactive experience from within Badgr.
At this time, to have Badgr Spaces Beta enabled on your Badgr Pro instance, please have the administrator of your Badgr Pro subscription email firstname.lastname@example.org and request to have Badgr Spaces Beta turned on.
Creating a Badgr Space
Once Badgr support has enabled Badgr Spaces on your Badgr Pro Organization, go to the Badgr Pro/Organization associated issuer you wish to create a Space in. Once there click on the Spaces tab.
Then click the Create Space button. Users will then need to give the Badgr Space a name and set an end date. The Space will automatically archive on that end date and learner progress will no longer be tracked.
Once the Space is created users can then create Objectives. In Badgr Spaces there are two main kinds of Objectives: Manual Objectives and Badge Objectives.
A manual Objective tracks learner progress on an Objective completed outside of Badgr. Issuers can manually mark learners as having completed an Objective to award them a badge. An Issuer may also require the submission and review of the evidence before manually awarding the badge.
A Badge Objective tracks learner acquisition of a Badge as an Objective. With this Objective, Badgr will look at a subscribed user's Badgr Backpack to see if they have earned a specific badge. If the subscriber has earned the badge the Objective will be automatically marked as complete. Issuers may track badges that their Issuer or Organization award outside of this Space.
Creating an Objective
To create a Manual Objective, select the Manual Objective from the Objective Type list. Users will then need to choose a badge from the dropdown that the Objective will award. Leaderboard points will then need to be assigned to the badge. If the issuer being used in the Badgr Space is associated with a Badgr Pro Organization, Leaderboard points can be used to give badges different levels of importance within the issuer.
Public and Private criteria will also need to be set. Public criteria includes information on how a member of the space can earn the badgr. While the Private criteria provides any additional information that an issuer staff member should consider before marking the objective as complete.
To Create a Badge Objective, users will just need to select the badge to be tracked from the dropdown and assign Leaderboard points to the Objective.
To add Learners to a Badgr Space, select the Members tab. Badgr Space Members can be added individually or by using the CSV Bulk import.
Users can also use one of the LTI options to add Badgr Spaces to their courses and enroll students that way.
To add Staff members go to the Staff option and select Add Staff. Then enter their email address and optionally their first and last name. The user will then be sent an invitation email to the Badgr Space.
Associating a pathway
From the Pathways tab, select the Add Pathway button. Next, choose an existing Pathway to subscribe to the Space.
Viewing Learner Progress
By selecting the Progress tab from the top menu and then the Learner Progress option, Issuers can see the Learner progress for the Space. All learners will be listed and Issuers will be able to see which objectives have been completed and overall pathway progress.
From the Details option to the right of each member, Issuers can see a list of all objectives and status for that member. By selecting one of the Objectives from the list Issuers can be taken directly to that Objective for that member. Depending on the Objective Type, Issuers can either mark the Objective as complete or use the Edit Status option to mark the objective as complete.
By using the previous and next buttons on the member and Objective listings at the top of the page Issuers can quickly navigate through objectives awarding badges as needed and checking progress.
Badgr Space Leaderboard
The Badgr Spaces Leaderboard can be used to see learner progress in the course in comparison to other learners. It also helps to gamify the learning experience by encouraging learners to earn as many badges as possible.
Issuers have the options of enabling/disabling the leaderboard, using aliases names on the leaderboard, and allowing individual learners to share their real names. All of these options can be found under the Leaderboard tab by selecting the Edit Options button.
Badgr Pro subscribers are additionally able to assign different leaderboard points to each objective created. This can give additional importance to harder-to-earn badges or difficult concepts.