Canvas Badges in Canvas (Instructors)

Canvas Badges is an add-on application that allows instructors to design and award digital badges as an indicator of accomplishment or skill that can be earned within a Canvas course. For example, an instructor could design a badge for each Canvas module in the course. If a student satisfactorily completes all the assignments in a Canvas course module, a badge could be awarded to the student. Canvas Badges also work well with gamifying courses. Students can collect and display their earned badges in Canvas and/or via social media sites.

Canvas Badges Resources

  1. To start, open a Canvas course where you are a Teacher.
    1. Teacher and student roles interact best with Canvas Badges. Custom roles are not supported.
    2. Publish the Canvas course (see How do I publish a course?)
  2. Add Badges to the Course Navigation (see How do I manage Course Navigation links?)
  3. Create the learning activities and add them to modules in Canvas (see How do I add requirements to a module?)
  4. Creating an Issuer and Badges in Canvas
    1. Complete the Create an Issuer for your Canvas course steps
      1. Image (Optional) - This is an image of you.
      2. Website URL - Enter the Canvas course URL. Go to your Canvas course home page and copy the URL (for example for this field.
      3. Contact eMail - Select an approved issuer email.
      4. Description - This is information about you as an issuer of badges in Canvas.
    2. Complete the Create badges within your Canvas Course steps
  5. Tracking student progress in Canvas using Canvas Badges as a Teacher
  6. Troubleshooting: Unexpected badge award behaviors in Canvas

Support Options

  1. Contact an Instructional Design Partner to design learning activities for students, training to use Canvas Badges features, or talk about effective ways to interact with students using digital badges in your Canvas courses. 
  2. To request technical support, submit a Technology Service Desk email to start a ticket.


Article ID: 72804
Thu 2/28/19 12:02 PM
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