With the launch of UNF’s Digital Badging Initiative, Canvas Credentials / Badgr Pro will be installed in Canvas to support university-wide badging.
Consequently, the Canvas Basic Badges/Badgr Free Canvas integration will be removed from all course shells which previously used this tool.
Transitioning Away from Badgr Free
--- Adopting Badgr Pro
At the University of North Florida (UNF), we’re dedicated to providing the best and most innovative learning experiences for both faculty and students. As part of our commitment to innovation, we’re excited to announce the launch of UNF’s Digital Badging Initiative – ultimately contributing to the achievement of the following goals:
- Enhance competitiveness of UNF graduates entering the workforce.
- Provide opportunities to all learners for upskilling and reskilling.
- Respond quickly to workforce needs.
- Strengthen industry partner relationships through strategic engagement.
- Leverage badging initiative to increase UNF’s profile.
This initiative marks a significant step forward in recognizing and validating student achievements beyond traditional transcripts. However, as with any transition, there will be changes and outcomes that warrant careful consideration and adaptation.
As part of this initiative specifically, UNF will be discontinuing the use of the free version of Badgr (now called Canvas Badges Basic) within Canvas. We will also be uninstalling any free versions of the Badgr LTI previously installed in any/all Canvas course shells.
--- A Unified Approach
The decision to remove Badgr Free stems from our aspiration to provide a more comprehensive and integrated badging system through the professional version of Canvas Credentials/Badgr. By concentrating on a single platform to manage and award badges, we aim to streamline the badging process, offering a more unified and user-friendly experience for both instructors and students.
This shift allows us to harness the full potential of Canvas Credentials/Badgr Pro, empowering us to create a centralized ecosystem for badge creation, management, and recognition.
Consolidating our badging infrastructure also ensures consistency and reliability in badge issuance and validation. It centralizes the administrative aspects, simplifying the process for instructors and UNF support staff while ensuring a seamless experience for students as they earn and showcase their achievements.
While the decision to retire Badgr Free may present an initial adjustment period for instructors accustomed to its usage, this transition is a proactive step toward enhancing the badging experience within our academic community. We recognize that change requires support, and we are committed to providing instructors with the necessary guidance and resources to smoothly transition away from Badgr Free.