Join Mary Cooch for an in-depth discussion in this video Rewarding students with badges, part of Moodle 2.5 Essential Training.
It's important to keep our students motivated. And as a course teacher, we can award badges, which will appear in their profile. And which they could if they wanted to download, print off, or upload to an online badge backpack such as Mozilla Open Badges. So in this video, we are going to award a course badge for our film studies students. And first of all, we need to have made the badge offline. Perhaps using a photo editing program. And it's important to ensure we have permissions to use the image in our course, that it's public domain.
Or creative commons if we didn't make it ourselves because a badge is an actual image file. To add and award the badge, we scroll down, and in the administration block we click the link Badges. If we haven't already added any badges, then we're going to select the link at a new badge to get started. And then we give the badge a name, which the students will see, and a description of what it's about. So our badge is going to be awarded to particularly enthusiastic members of the film studies course.
And then because we're uploading an image file, again we can either depending on our browser settings and Moodle settings. Drag it into the box or click the button, choose or browse for a file and get it from Moodle's file picker. I already have on my desktop, if you look over on the right, a course badge which I've prepared and, which is public domain, so it's safe for me to use. And so, I'm going to click on it and drag it into the box to upload it. One thing that it's essential to realize, is that once you've uploaded and added, and awarded a badge, you can't, then, go back and change it.
So make sure that your badge image is suitable. Before you upload it and award it, because there's no going back. Then when we scroll down, we can add the name of the issuer, that's the teacher, if want to, and our contact details which could be our contact e-mail if we want to. And, clicking Badge expiry, we can decide whether we wan the badge to have an expiry date or not. This might be if the badge is rewarded for something, such as a certificate, which only lasts 12 months for example.
We'll leave ours as never, and then when we click the button, Create badge. The next thing that we have to do is to select the criteria upon which the batch will be awarded. And when we click the drop down we see that we have got various ways to award this badge. Activity completion means that we can award a badge automatically based on certain criteria such as the students have finished activities in the class, which we have selected. We need to have completion tracking enabled for this, course completion is similar.
Once the student's have completed the course we can set it so that they automatically get the badge, again we need to have completion tracking and course completion set up for this to work. Alternatively, we can choose Manual Issue by role. And I'm going to select that, because this means that as a teacher, if we check the box Teacher, we can then decide manually, who we want to give the badge to. So, we have the option to issue badges manually or automatically, based on criteria.
So, as a teacher, we're now going to click the Save button. When students get a badge, they get a nice message along with it. And if we click the Message top, we can see what the message is. And if we want to, we can personalize it, instead of using the default message. Now currently as it says there are no recipients. And we need to enable access to the badge before we can then start awarding it. At the moment while we're setting it up, students can't see there's a badge available and we can't award it.
So when we click the button Enable access, then if we set criteria for our badge to be awarded automatically. Moodle will then go and check if anyone has met those criteria and automatically award the badge. We then click the Continue button and our badge is enabled. Because we have decided to award this badge manually as a teacher, we can now go into the Recipients tab and click the button, Award badge. And, this will take us to a list of the students in our course and we can select the ones to whom we want to give the badge.
And, so when we click the student George Adams, to highlight his name. We then click Award Badge. And he's moved from the right-hand side of potential recipients to the left-hand side of existing recipients. And George will get an e-mail saying that he's received a badge. If we click in the Navigation Block > Current Course > Badges. And then Course Badges, we and our students can see the badges that are available in the course, the description, and the criteria.
And so in this video, we've looked at how a course teacher can motivate students by awarding course badges either manually or based on certain criteria of activity or course completion.
- Choosing your course layout
- Using the calendar and managing events
- Uploading course materials
- Giving instructions to your students
- Enrolling students
- Creating a discussion forum
- Setting up assignments
- Grading assignments
- Adding quizzes
- Evaluating your courses
- Tracking course completion
- Backing up and restoring courses