Badgr Pathways allows users to stack Open Badges, like stepping stones, into Learning Pathways providing administrators the ability to easily track group and individual progress across coursework, training series, and programs.
The Pathways system is flexible enough to allow for different branches and segments, with required and optional elements, that light up the path and direct the learner what steps to take next.
Learning Pathways may contain and culminate in Completion Badges that are automatically awarded when lower branches of the pathway are fulfilled.
Creating a pathways account
Create an account or sign in using your Badgr credentials.
If you sign in though Badgr, simply connect to Pathways through the Apps menu.
You will need to authorize the Pathways app the first time you connect your account(s).
Creating or editing a Pathway
A pathway and its completion badge must be "authored" by one of your issuers in Badgr.
Typically, the badges reflect the learning and the elements help to organize the learning.
The elements give structure to the badged learning activities and serve as the conduit for implementing pathway rules.
An element may have zero, one, or many associated badges.
When signed into Pathways, you'll land on either the "Pathways" tab or "My Issuers" tab.
Navigate to My Issuers to create or access your Issuers. Through your issuer, you'll be able to award badges and subscribe users to pathways.
Select View Issuer or the link to create a new issuer(s) in Badgr. Then, go back to Pathways, where you left off.
Once on the Issuer Detail page, select Create Pathway or use the ellipsis controls corresponding to the pathway you wish to edit.
If creating a new Pathway, provide a name and description, then save.
The name and description of the pathway are displayed on the Endpoint element and in the first section of the Pathway Details window.
Adding an Open Badge as a "Completion Badge" along a pathway will result in an automatically awarded badge when all pathway criteria are met.
Select Completion Badge in the right menu to attach a badge to the Pathway Completion element.
Badgr Pathways recognizes Badgr awards from different sources including Canvas courses, and bulk or individual badge awards. If the Pathway Completion Badge may be earned outside the Pathway, you may wish to uncheck the box.
The Add Element button corresponds to the Required Children tile in the Pathways Details window. Select the New Element button, then Add Element, to place other tiles along the Pathway.
Select the Element tile in the pathway for editing. Use the pencil to edit the element contents. Use the arrows to move the element to a different location along the pathway where indicated. You may also delete the element.
Elements are organized in a "Child" and "Parent" structure. Parent level elements can be set up as either Required Badges or Completion Badges.
Completion badges are visually represented with a badge on the right and are automatically awarded when criteria are fulfilled.
Required Badges are visually represented with badges on the left and are awarded manually or via Canvas coursework.
Pathway authors can set up flexible criteria for Parent Completion Badge awards.
Pathway Example 1
Using the example below, once the pathway follower earns both the "Child" Required Badges, the "Parent" Completion Badge is automatically awarded.
Then, once the Required Badge in the middle column is earned, the Pathway is completed and the Pathway Completion Badge is automatically awarded.
Be sure to publish your pathway before subscribing followers.
Be cautious about making edits to the pathway once followers being their journey.
To track users along a learning pathway, they must be a member of a group that is subscribed to a pathway.
More than one group can subscribe to a pathway and more than one pathway can be subscribed to a group.