Badgr Spaces LTI for Blackboard

Badgr users 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. In partnering with Blackboard we are able to offer specialized objectives to award badges on assignment completion. 

Please fill out this form to have this feature enabled on your issuer or organization

Users need to have an existing Badgr account and with an Issuer before adding the LTI to Blackboard. For more information on creating an issuer, please follow this link

For additional information on using the Badgr Spaces Leaderboard and viewing learner progress see our Badgr Spaces knowledge base article.

Adding the Badgr Spaces LTI to Blackboard

As an administrator of a Blackboard instance, navigate to the Administrator tools.

  1. Navigate to “LTI Tool Providers” in the Administrator Panel
  2. Click “Register LTI 1.3/Advantage Tool”
  3. Enter the Application/Client ID from the table below for the server you wish to connect to

    Badgr Environment

    Blackboard Application/Client ID

    https://badgr.com fc137814-b079-40b6-ac59-0d850c26c5de
    https://eu.badgr.com 914f5374-455c-4ae8-8861-d96c1cb37f1a
    https://ca.badgr.com a1e07c13-9817-420b-8b73-137352e7a0d5
    https://au.badgr.com b5f77aa4-dd84-4b70-b40a-5521906052a0
  4. Select Submit
  5. Ensure the Tool Status is Enabled
  6. We also recommend the below tool settings for the best experience
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  7. Select Submit

Once installed select the drop-down menu next to the Badgr LTI integration and select ‘Approve’ from the list

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Install the REST API Tool

  1. Navigate to “Rest API Integrations” in the Administrator Panel
  2. Click “Create Integration”
  3. Enter the Application/Client ID from the table above for the server you wish to connect to
  4. Specify a user in the Learn User field
    1. We recommend creating a unique system user for this has the following system permissions at minimum:
      1. Course/Organization (Content Areas) > View Material Settings
      2. Course/Organization Control Panel (Grade Center) > View Attempts
      3. Course/Organization Control Panel (Grade Center) > View Grade Center Items and Settings
      4. Course/Organization Control Panel (Grade Center) > View Grades
      5. Course/Organization Control Panel (Tools) > Tests, Surveys, and Pools > Tests
      6. Course/Organization Control Panel (Users and Groups) > Users
      7. Read-only access to the Content System filesystem
  1. This should have read access to course content, memberships, and grade book.
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  2. Submit

Setup Badgr Preauthorizations

  1. Navigate to “Badgr” in the Administrator Panel.
  2. Badgr should successfully load and offer to preauthorize Orgs or Issuers

Setting up Badgr Spaces in a Course


Badgr can be found in the “Books & Course Tools” section of an Ultra Course and then added to the course content. To add Badgr Spaces to the course content, navigate to Books & Tools and select the "+" icon on the Badgr Spaces integration. 

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Once an Instructor selects Badgr Spaces from the tool list a new Space is created. Instructors can then create Objectives to associate Blackboard course items with Badges, connect Pathways, and set up the Leaderboard. Depending on when students are enrolled users may need to do a full-page refresh for the students to be added to the space.

 

There can only be one Space per course and the initial setup of the Space must be done from the individual Blackboard course.


Once the space has been created, the first step will be to select an issuer.

  1. Instructors will need to enter the email associated with their Badgr account, then click continue
  2. A verification code will be sent to that email
  3. Once verified, the instructor will be able to select an issuer from their account using the "Use Issuer" button

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Creating Objectives

There are three kinds of Objectives that can be created: Blackboard Assignment, Manual, and Badge. For information on Manual and Badge Objectives see our article here.

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To create a Blackboard Assignment Objective, there needs to be a test or assignment that is either in a folder or module. Users can then select the assignment to create an Objective for. 

Using the drop-down, users will need to select an existing badge or create a new one. Blackboard Assignment Objectives can be completed based on a minimum point score, a minimum required percentage, or any submitted grade (ie. submitting an assignment). Leaderboard points can also be assigned.

 

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If grades or student enrollment does not appear to be in sync with Badgr Spaces, use the resync button at the bottom of the Progress tab to sync Badgr Spaces with the course.

Badgr Spaces in Original Blackboard Courses

While using Ultra courses is recommended, Original Blackboard users can still use Badgr Spaces. The installation steps are the same for either version of Blackboard. 

 

To access Badgr Spaces once installed, users will select "Tools" from the left-hand side menu and select Badgr Spaces from the list. 

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To add a quick "Tool Link" to your course, select the "+" icon at the top of the left-hand side menu and choose "Tool Link" from the list. From the Add Tool Link pop-up, user's can name the new link and will need to select Badgr Spaces from the Type drop-down. 

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If you are experiencing issues installing Badgr Spaces in Blackboard please check out these resources. 

Blackboard Badgr Spaces

support@blackboardconnect.com