Create a Digital Badge in Moodle [Faculty or Staff]

Moodle can be used to issue digital badges or micro-credentials.  You will need to have a Moodle course. Digital badges issued in Moodle can be exported to other systems such as Badger, LinkedIn, etc.

This Guide Will Help You to: 
Request a Moodle ISU or Community Course

Moodle ISU can issue a digital badge to anyone at ISU.  You will need to have a Moodle site.  This can be an official ISU course (if appropriate) or you can request a special course to issue digital badges.

If you would like to issue digital badges to learners outside of ISU (who do not have an ISU login) you can request a Moodle site on Moodle ISU Community.

Create a Digital Badge in Moodle

When creating a digital badge in Moodle, we recommend that you use the Digital Badge Toolkit to gather all the information you will need.

  1. In your Moodle course, in the left-hand navigation menu, select Badges

  2. Select Add a new badge

Screenshot of Add a new badge button location

  1. Enter the Name of the badge

    1. This is what will display with the badge image

  2. Enter the Version (if applicable)

    1. The version number can be used to help track the development of your badge over time

  3. The language should be English

  4. In the Description, the field describes the badge

    1. This will be visible when someone clicks on the badge image

Screenshot of Badge details screen

  1. In the Image field, upload the badge image by selecting Choose a file, or dragging the image file into the dotted area with the arrow

    1. Badges will be displayed at a size of 100 x 100 pixels

    2. We recommend that you create your badge in large size such as 500 x 500 pixels

Screenshot of file drop for badges

  1. There are several fields to give credit to the image creator, these are optional

    1. Image author’s name

    2. Image author’s email

    3. Image author’s URL

    4. Image caption

  2. In the Badge Expiry section, you have three options:

    1. Never - the badge never expires

    2. Fixed date - the badge expires on the set date

    3. Relative date - the badge expires a certain number of weeks, days, hours, minutes, or seconds after the badge is awarded.

Screenshot of Badge expiry options field

  1. Select Create badge

  2. You will be taken to the page to designate the criteria for the badge

Add Badge Criteria
The criteria determine how the badge is awarded.  In Moodle, you have four options, “Manual issue by role;” “Course completion;” “Awarded badges;” or “Activity completion.” These options can be combined or added as alternatives.  We recommend you add the least number of options to get your desired results.

Screenshot showing badge criteria options

You should only use one or two of the criteria described below.

  1. Manual issue by role

    1. This is a good option to add in case you need to override one of the automatic completion options.

    2. In the Manual Issue by Role section, select the role(s) who can award the badge.

    3. By default, only one of the role needs to award the badge, but you can require multiple roles in the This criterion is complete when… section (this is uncommon)

    4. In the Description field, you can add additional details for the criteria. This will be visible when someone clicks on the badge image.

Screenshot showing manual issue by role, criterion, and description fields

  1. Course completion

    1. In the Course Completion section, select a minimum grade required (if applicable) and/or set the date (if applicable).

      1. To use the date, check the Enable box.

    2. In the Description field, you can add additional details for the criteria. This will be visible when someone clicks on the badge image.

Screenshot of Course completion options

  1. Awarded badges

    1. You must first add the other badges AND they must be enabled.

    2. In the Add badges field select the badges.

      1. Use ctrl+click (PC) or cmd+click (Mac) to select multiple badges

    3. In the This criterion is complete when… section, you will need to select All of the selected badges have been earned

    4. In the Description field, you can add additional details for the criteria. This will be visible when someone clicks on the badge image.

Screenshot of awarded badge options

  1. Activity completion

    1. Select the box next to the activities in the course that need to be completed.

      1. Completion criteria for an individual activity are designated within the individual activity.  See Activity Completion Setup [Faculty] for more details.

    2. You can also indicate a “completed by” date by selecting the Enable box and setting the date.

    3. In the This criterion is complete when... section, you will need to select whether All of the selected activities are complete OR Any of the selected activities are complete

    4. In the Description field, you can add additional details for the criteria. This will be visible when someone clicks on the badge image.

Screenshot of Activity completion options

Screenshot of Activity completion options

Manage a Digital Badge

If a badge is enabled, you can not edit it. Once a badge has been awarded it cannot be changed.

Screenshot showing Enable access button for badges

In your Moodle course, in the left-hand navigation menu, select Badges.

Select Manage badges.

Screenshot showing manage badges options

Select the name of the badge, or the gear in the Actions column.

Screenshot showing badges

If the badge is enabled, select the Disable access.

Screenshot showing disable access option

If the badge has been awarded you will not be able to make any changes.

Use the tabs to make any necessary changes.

Screenshot showing option tabs for badges

  • Overview

    • This will display the current details of the badge, including the image. Fields that are blank will not be displayed when the badge is awarded.

  • Edit Details

    • This is where you can edit the details of the badge, such as the name, description, and image.

  • Criteria

    • This is where you will add or change the way the badge is awarded.

  • Message

    • It is not recommended that you change the message to ensure that it is formatted correctly.

  • Recipients

    • If the badge has been awarded the recipients will be listed.

  • Endorsement

    • You can add a third-party endorsement (official or unofficial), such as from an external body or the management of an institution, adding value to a badge by giving it their approval.

      • Endorser name

      • Email

      • Issuer URL

      • Date issued                    

      • Claim URL

      • Endorsement comment

Screenshot showing endorsement tab

  • Related Badges

    • Related badges are badges that are linked in some way to the badge being awarded, for example on a similar topic or one of several levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced). They are shown as text only, not hyperlinks.

  • Alignment

    • External skills or standards, which the badge is aligned, may be specified. Any external skills or standards are displayed on the badge page.

      • Name

      •  URL

      • Framework

      • Code

      • Descriptions

Screenshot showing alignment tab

Enable a Digital Badge

When a badge is enabled, you can not edit it. Once a badge has been awarded it cannot be changed.

  1. In your Moodle course, in the left-hand navigation menu, select Badges.

  2. Select Manage badges

Screenshot showing manage badges option

  1. Select the name of the badge, or the gear in the Actions column

Screenshot showing badges

  1. Click on the Enable access.

Screenshot showing Enable access button for badges

Award a Digital Badge

Most of the criteria will enable the badge to be awarded automatically. If you have set a Manual issue by role, you will need to manually award the badge.

  1. In your Moodle course, in the left-hand navigation menu, select Badges.

  2. Select Manage badges.

Screenshot showing Manage badges option

  1. Locate the badge name.

  2. In the Action column, select the trophy icon.

Screenshot showing trophy icon

  1. In the Potential badge recipients column, select the name of the recipient.

Screenshot showing award badge option

  1. You can use ctrl+click (PC) or cmd+click (Mac) to select multiple recipients.

  2. Select the Award badge.

  3. You will see the names of the recipients of the badge in the Existing badge recipients column.

Seek Further Assistance

For additional assistance please contact, ITRC at (208) 282 5880 or itrc@isu.edu

For more information please visit, Moodle.org Using Badges; Managing Badges; Badges settings

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