What are the benefits?

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

Badges act as the indicators of accomplishment that can be earned; badges are a visual reward given to users for successfully completing a certain action.

Watch the video to see how it works

How to set up badges on Practera?

Note: By default, 'Points and Badges' is switched ON for Students and OFF for Mentors. However, you can easily choose to switch this feature ON/OFF for these users. To change these experience-wide settings, you need to reach out to a Practera representative to get the dashboard element activated.

What you need to setup a badge:

  • Name: Name of the badge (displayed when a participant taps on the badge image)
  • Description: Description of the badge (displayed when a participant taps on the badge image - this should be kept brief and include the reason for why this badge is earned)
  • XP Points Awarded: The amount of points earned when winning the achievement
  • Image: The badge image that is shown on the participant interface (will be greyed out before it is earned)

Step 1: Navigate to the 'Manage Achievements' page

Note: You need Administrator access to see the achievements menu.

Step 2: Create a new achievement

Step 3: Fill in the information

  • Name: Name of the badge (displayed when a participant taps on the badge image)
  • Description: Description of the badge (displayed when a participant taps on the badge image - this should be kept brief and include the reason for why this badge is earned)
  • XP Points Awarded: The amount of points earned when winning the achievement (only relevant if you want to award other badges based on total XP points earned)
  • For: Defines the audience (select "Program")
  • Is multi-achievable: Determines if the achievement can be earned more than once (Advanced users only, recommended to keep to 'no' if you are just getting started)
  • Check conditions on enrolment: Determines if the achievement conditions should be checked on enrolment (Advanced users only, recommended to keep to 'no' if you are just getting started)
  • Has image: Determines whether or not the achievement has a badge (select "Yes" as seen below)
  • Visibility: Will change automatically once you upload an image
  • Image: The image that will be displayed (Click upload to upload an image)
  • Open Badge: Determines if the badge should be adhering to OpenBadge standards (Advanced users only, recommended to keep to 'no' if you are just getting started)

Click save after you have filled in all the information.

Step 4: Create a condition that triggers the badge

Conditions determine when an achievement is awarded to a participant. Back on the overview screen, click on "0 condition" to add a condition.

Leave Condition and Scope at the default values and create your condition. Reach out to us for any help setting up the condition. As an example, we will describe a condition which awards the achievement based on an assessment submission.

First, select the "Assessment" model in Step 1

Second, select the assessment that should award the badge.

Third, select the "submitted" property.

Fourth, select the "=" is "true" to award the badge as soon as a submission is detected ("Submission equals true")

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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