Information about our Badges Pilot – our issuing platform
Getting Started in our PILOT:
Step 1: Get a space setup on our badges.illinois.edu pilot site.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. Give us some information about what you would like to do with your badges. We would be happy to setup a time to meet in person and discuss your ideas.
Let us know what your “group name” is – This will be used as the Issuer and as the URL. Who do you want these badges to be issued from? The URL will look like http://badges.illinois.edu/GROUPNAME
So, send to email@example.com:
- Badges Plans
- Info about you – Group Name
Step 2: Log in
After we are able to create your space on badges.illinois.edu, you will then be a WordPress Admin for your space.
It is setup like any WordPress site, with one HUGE exception, this should not be treated like a blog, there should be NO blog posts made to this system. Instead of blog posts, you can use the WordPress Admin interface to Create a Badge and to Award a Badge.
Step 3: Edit your email template
Either you can edit your email template or firstname.lastname@example.org can assist you with this. Your email template represents the contents of the email message that gets sent to individual badge earners when you issue them a badge.
Editing your email template can be done in Settings -> WPBadgerConfiguration. A screen shot below is an example. You can use tags, such as Badge_Title that will auto populate. Be SURE to use the Award_URL – this will populate with a link to the badge being awarded, without this the badge can not be accepted.
Step 4: Create a badge
Step 5: Start Awarding (Issuing) badges to badge earners
This system does not currently integrate with any learning management systems (LMS). When a user has completed a course or training, it’s your responsibly to collect their email address and award them the badge.
Step 6: Let us know how it is going!!