It takes just a few steps to setup achievements:
- Go to Course Tools, Achievements
- Click “Create Achievement” button
- Select Achievement type (Course Completion, Milestone, Custom)
- Decide if you want students to be able to see achievement (Yes/No)
- Type a description to explain what badge is for and how earned
- Define Triggers
- Choose the Reward (Badge or Certificate)
- Upload custom graphic or select one provided, if badge
- Allow publication to Mozilla (Yes/No), if badge
- Hit “Submit” button to issue
Lessons learned from using Achievements within Learn 9.1:
- If only content is copied between courses, the trigger rules are lost.
- If content is not included in a copy or export/import, achievements are not captured.
- Select both content & adaptive release rules to get copied correctly
- Faculty reporting is limited to viewing on screen by default
- Bb Admins have to setup goals before faculty can add as an alignment to get on Goal Coverage report
- Had to add extra content (lecture) to explain badging & badge Backpack
- Takes time to setup initially
- Learning terminology (badge versus achievements and triggers)
- Assignment changes may cause badges not to get issued
- Trigger elements not changeable, have to recreate instead
- No direct path to change rewards
- Students can track their own progress (earned & unearned)
- Based on specific student performance matric
- Can issue badges and/or certificates
- Upload to Mozilla Open Backpack, if instructor approved
- Faculty selects how & where badge information displays to students
- Badge information only viewable when course is active/available
- Certificates have limited customization options, different colors, & 8X11 in size
- Badges allow more customization, can upload own graphics
- Graphic size is important, Bb will auto adjust image which may cause distortion
Custom Image Tips:
Thank to the hosted support team for coming up with the following chart to help us better create graphics. They had three test badges in a course, uploading a different image to each. The average size of the images uploaded was ~557 x 371 @ 75kb. Once they had uploaded them, they downloaded the Badges folder from the course. The containing images had been scaled down to an average of 90 x 59 @ 13kb.
|Original Size||Original Resolution||New Size||New Resolution|
|Image 1||68 KB||640 x 480||12 KB||90 x 67|
|Image 2||68 KB||530 x 300||13 KB||90 x 50|
|Image 3||86 KB||500 x 333||14 KB||90 x 59|
Additional references for using digital badges in the classroom:
- "A Future Full of Badges," The Chronicle of Higher Education, http://chronicle.com/article/A-Future-Full-of-Badges/131455/
- "AR670-1, Chapter 29, Section 15". United States Army. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
- Steve Henning. "Merit Badges, Past and Present, And Their Evolution". Henning's Scouters' Pages. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- Riddell, Roger. "The death of degrees? 9 alternative credentialing approaches". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- Knight, Erin. "Open Badges Transform the Higher Education and Labor Markets". The Evolllution. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- van Grove, Jennifer (April 14, 2011). "Do We Need an Online Trophy Case For Our Digital Achievements?". Mashable.com. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
- OpenBadges.org: Participating Issuers: http://openbadges.org/participating-issuers
- Digital badges for learning (Sept. 15, 2011) http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/digital-badges-learning
- Antin, Judd and Churchill, Elizabeth (2011). "Badges in Social Media: A Social Psychological Perspective". CHI 2011.
- Levins, William (February 28). "Do you need Trust Icons on your ecommerce site?". jldcreative. Retrieved March 23, 2012. Check date values in: |date= (help)
- Knight, Erin. "Open Badges Transform Higher Education and Labor Markets". Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- Knight Erin and, Casilli Carla. "CASE STUDY 6: MOZILLA OPEN BADGES". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "Transformative Assessment". Wikipedia. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
- Hickey, Daniel. "Some Things about Assessment that Badge Developers Might Find Helpful". HASTAC. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- Hickey, Daniel. "Recognizing, Supporting, and Attracting Adult Learners with Digital Badges". The Evolllution. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "E-assessment". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
- Felicia M., Sullivan. [http://www.civicyouth.org/wp content/uploads/2013/03/WP_77_Sullivan_Final.pdf "New and Alternative Assessments, Digital Badges, and Civics: An Overview of Emerging Themes and Promising Directions"]. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
- Dian Schaffauser (June 19, 2013) Blackboard Validates Mozilla Digital Badges http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/06/19/blackboard-validates-mozilla-digital-badges.aspx
- User Generated Education (March 16, 3013) I Don’t Get Digital Badges https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/i-dont-get-digital-badges/
- Daniel Hickey “Intended Purposes Versus actual Functions of Digital Badges” http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/2397
- Gamed Learning (July 3, 2013) Using Badges and Achievements in Blacboard http://gamedlearning.com/2013/07/03/using-badges-and-achievements-in-blackboard/
- How the Open Badge Infrastructure works, 2011 https://youtu.be/SpsL3gb8eJU
- Blackboard Help: https://help.blackboard.com/en-us/Learn/9.1_2014_04/Instructor/130_Student_Performance/050_Achievements
I suggest also taking a look at the Gamification Leaderboard building block on Oscelot as another fun way to engage students. The building block can be found at http://projects.oscelot.org/gf/project/gamegogyleader/