Important Note: This support doc includes information on issuing academic and co-curricular badges through Canvas Credentials that have been approved by the UNF Digital Badging Steering Committee. However, Canvas Badges Basic is available to be used with individual courses as a motivational/gamification tool to promote student engagement and participation. Visit our Canvas Badges Basic page to learn more.
Academic badges and co-curricular badges awarded by UNF and its colleges will use the Canvas Credentials (formerly BadgrPro) platform after approval by the university Digital Badging Steering Committee. The process undertaken to issue earned badges may vary depending on the type of badge being awarded, badge criteria completion verification method, and whether the badge can be manually or automatically awarded.
Processes for Issuers
Once a badging proposal is approved, the organizational unit that offers the badge will be added as an Issuer to UNF’s Canvas Credentials organizational account. Issuer staff will be granted access to the Issuer profile to view badge information and award badges.
Awarding Badges Manually
Badges can be awarded manually through the Issuer profile within the UNF Canvas Credentials platform. Issuer staff have the ability to award badges to individuals or in bulk. When awarding badges manually, Issuer staff must first verify that all completion requirements have been met, and that all badge earner information is accurate. The Canvas Guides linked below provide specific steps for manually awarding badges.
Awarding Badges Automatically
Badges can be configured to be awarded automatically through Canvas. This is achieved by creating Pathways through which learners are awarded badges when they’ve met certain milestones.
Canvas Credentials Pathways allows users to stack Open Badges, like stepping stones, into learning pathways to map out a curriculum. This provides administrators the ability to easily track group and individual progress across coursework, training series and programs. Learning pathways may contain and culminate in milestone badges that are automatically awarded when lower branches of the pathway are fulfilled. Pathways can be very simple, with only a few badged items to very complex with multiple branches, optional requirements and badges from different organizations and/or issuers. Read more about Pathways in the Canvas Guides linked below.