What are badges?

Badges act as indicators of accomplishments that can be earned; badges are a visual reward given to users for successfully completing a certain action. An Open badge contains a digital watermark which enables their authenticity to be verified.

As an educator, you can use badges as game mechanics to motivate desired learning behaviours and drive higher engagement from your students.

How to set up badges on Practera?

Step 1: Navigate to the 'Achievements' page

Click on Gamification and then achievements.

Step 2: Click "Create new" to add a new badge

Step 3: Fill in the badge options

Types of Badges:

  • Invisible - This is an achievement which will not be visible on the app at all. To create an invisible badge you would not turn on the "Has image toggle"

  • Visible - These are always visible to the user in a listing of possible badges. They will be greyed out until they are earned. You will need to turn on the "Has image" toggle.

  • Hidden - These badges will only appear once they've been earned. You will need to turn on the "Has image" toggle.

Description will show before a badge is earned and also upon earning the badge.

XP Points Awarded (optional): The amount of points earned when winning the achievement (only relevant if you want to award other badges based on total points earned)

Has image - The Image of the badge. We recommended using square image with a minimum width and height of 90px and a maximum file size of 256kb. This ensures the badge will be compatible with other badging platforms.

You require an image to be able to set up a hidden or visible badge. So select the "has image" toggle to yes. Upload your image, then select the visibility type you wish to have.

Step 4: Advanced Options

Open Badge: Practera will send an email with the badge attached to the user once it is earned. The badge will contain a watermark which enables its authenticity to be confirmed. To set this up simply adjust the toggle to "yes".

Activate portfolio: If selected, earning this achievement will also publish an experience completion certificate or portfolio. This will send the portfolio URL to the user's email. To be able to set up the certificate you will need to contact the Practera team, as this feature can only be set up by a sys admin,

Step 5: Create the conditions that triggers the badge

Conditions determine when an achievement is awarded to a participant. Click on the relevant tab based on the achievement type you created (visible, hidden, invisible), then click on the 0 conditions so you can add in the conditions.

Reach out to us for any help setting up the conditions. As an example, we will describe a condition which awards the achievement based on an assessment submission.

First, decide if all conditions must be fulfilled or only 1 of the many conditions

Secondly, select the Model, this can be either based on an achievement or an assessment only.

Thirdly, select the deliverable that should award the badge from the list of trigger items.

Fourthly, select the property, in this example it is "submitted"

Finally, select the operation and value. In this case it would be = True. Then click save.

After saving the condition, any learner or expert who completes a submission of the selected assessment will earn the badge.

Note: You can add multiple conditions to any achievements.

Each badge can be edited, deleted or you can manually (un)-award users.

Now let's see how this looks on the app!

Mobile App Dashboard

There are always 3 badges on the dashboard, regardless of the number of total available badges. 

On the mobile app dashboard, users can see the latest badges and corresponding points earned as seen below:

Order of the badges

Badges are ordered based on 3 factors:

  1. Status (earned or not earned)

  2. Date earned (only if status is earned)

  3. Name (alphabetically)

In the beginning of an experience, all badges have the same status: "not earned". The order will therefore be based on the name of the achievements.

Pro tip: to control the order you can use numbers at the beginning of the name.

Once the first badge is earned, it shows at the left hand side. The remaining unearned badges remain ordered by name.

Once the second badge is earned, it shows on position 2, or in the middle with the previously earned one not changing position. 

When a third badge is earned, it is displayed in the middle position and the previously earned badge will shift to the left position. The badge that was earned at first will disappear from the dashboard view. The third position (right) always shows the 'next' (alphabetically by name) unearned badge.

Badge overview screen

Participants can tap on the 'View all' button and navigate to the 'Badges' list page, which displays all the visible badges (earned and unearned) that a user has earned or can earn during the program and the total points earned till date.

On clicking a badge, participant can see an information pop-up as seen in the image below, which provides more information about the respective achievement. The popup includes the following information:

  • Image 

  • Name

  • XP points

  • Description

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via chat and we can setup your badges together!

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