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Badgr Pathways allows users to stack Open Badges, like stepping stones, into Learning Pathways providing administrators the ability to easily track group and individual progress across coursework, training series, and programs. 

  • The Pathways system is flexible enough to allow for different branches and segments, with required and optional elements that light up the path and direct the learner what steps to take next.

  • Learning Pathways may contain and culminate in Completion Badges that are automatically awarded when lower branches of the pathway are fulfilled.



See also

Creating or Editing a Pathway

  1. Create an account or log in at You will need to authorize the Pathways app the first time you connect your account.

  2. The first section listed on your Pathways Dashboard shows My Pathway Subscriptions; the pathways you are subscribed to as a badge earner. 
    1. The next section, My Issuers shows a list of Issuers you have access to. Through your issuer, you'll be able to award badges and subscribe users to pathways.
  3. Select View Issuer or the link to create a new issuer(s) in Badgr
  4. Once on the Issuer Detail page, select Create Pathway or use the ellipsis controls corresponding to the pathway you wish to edit.
    1. If creating a new Pathway, provide a name and description, then save.



5. The name and description of the pathway are displayed on the Endpoint element and in the first section of the Pathway Details window.
6. Adding an Open Badge to the endpoint of the Pathway will result in an automatically awarded Completion Badge when all pathway criteria are met.
7. Use the Completion Badge tile, to attach a badge to the endpoint.


Badgr Pathways recognizes Badgr awards from different sources including Canvas courses and bulk or individual badge awards. If the Endpoint badge may be earned outside the Pathway, you may wish to uncheck the box




8. The Add Element button corresponds to the Required Children tile in the Pathways Details window. Select the New Element button, then Add Element, to place other tiles along the Pathway.
9. Select the Element tile in the pathway for editing. Use the pencil to edit the element contents. Use the arrows to move the element to a different location along the pathway where indicated. You may also delete the element.




Elements are organized in a "Child" and "Parent" structure. Parent level elements can be set up as either Required Badges or Completion Badges.

Required activities are visually represented with badges on the left and are awarded manually or via Canvas coursework.

Completion badges are visually represented with a badge on the right and are automatically awarded when criteria are fulfilled.


10. Pathway authors can set up flexible criteria for Parent Completion Badge awards.

Pathway Example 1

  1. Using the example below, once the pathway follower earns both the "Child" Required Badges, the "Parent" Completion Badge is automatically awarded.
  2. Then, once the Required Badge in the middle column is earned, the Pathway is completed and the Endpoint Badge is automatically awarded.
  3. Be sure to publish your pathway before subscribing followers. Be cautious about making edits to the pathway once followers being their journey.





To track users along a learning pathway, they must be a member of a group that is subscribed to a pathway.

  • A group can be subscribed to more than one pathway.

  • Any number of groups can be subscribed to the same pathway



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