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Badging Design Toolkit This handout will help you consider the many design decisions that are required when thinking through implementing a badging program. Working through the activities below will help you:  Better articulate what value the badges you will issue  What you hope to achieve by issuing badges  Consider what badges to issue, and what criteria and evidence are required to earn the badge

Badge Content Design CONSIDER:  What badges would you want to issue?  Why do you want to issue them?  How do these badges connect? Do they? ACTIVITY: Fill in the chart below, listing your badge(s) and the criteria that a student would have to satisfy to earn the badge. If you require more space, add a blank page and continue your work. Badge Name

Criteria For Assessment

REFLECT: Take a moment to look at your list of badges, and see if there are any duplication, similarities or progressions between the items on the list.

Badge System Design ACTIVITY: Identify how these badges connect and illustrate that in the space below. What learning objectives are they connected to?


REFLECT: Does the number of badges issued make sense for the time invested?

Take One Badge From Your Cluster and Consider…. WHO


Earns this badge?

Earner want this badge?

Issues this badge? (TAs? Instructors?)

Issuer want the earner to have this badge?

Will view this badge?

External to the course/organization view and value this badge?

Might value this badge? (external groups? Accreditation?)

WHAT Skills, attitudes or experiences, does this badge represent?

Criteria or evidence you’re looking for?

Release conditions?

Badge Visual Design CONSIDER:  University, College, Group logos, designs, images – can you use them?  Visual indicators – more complex shapes for higher level badges? Colors (bronze, silver, gold)?  How badges appear changes perception and motivation  Shape?  Common visual themes – aim for a consistent look across all the badges  Size matters – typically images will be displayed at 200 px by 200 px – how does your badge look small?  Fonts? Best for a Sans Serif font, as they are easier to read on screen (eg Helvetica, Arial) ACTIVITY: Badges are digital representations of a learning achievement, goal, or activity. Design a badge that represents your learning content and goals. Be creative, draw a badge based on your work above.

Badge Shape Examples:




Digital Badging Worksheet  

Worksheet for educators thinking of adding a digital badging system into their classrooms.