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Badge School is our membership and badge creation area – here we break down what’s involved in joining and the journey to writing and issuing your very own digital badges. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to check out our FAQs or get in touch with our friendly team!

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Information About Badge School

‘Badge School’ is Badge Nation’s membership and badge creation area – once you’re involved, you can quickly create, design, use and award your own bespoke badges, whilst sharing learning and knowledge with other Badge Nation members.

This explainer video is a good place to start if you are interested in writing your own badges, or supporting other organisations to get badging.

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Membership includes:

  • Access to Badge School and Badge Nation members platform for unlimited individuals from your organisation.
  • Access to the Badge Nation issuing licence on Credly.
  • Award badges to an unlimited number of individuals.
  • 6 badge templates, designed, quality assured and published by Badge Nation.
  • Personalised support to understand how best to use digital badges in your context and create your
    own collection.
  • Support to introduce, issue and promote your badges to the people you work with.
  • Consultancy services by arrangement (additional cost).

Costs:

One 12-month membership is £200 +VAT (£240 inc.) per organisation.

If you wish to create and publish additional badge templates to the 6 included – Quality assurance, design and publishing of these can be purchased for an added cost of £25 +VAT (£30 inc.) per template.

Still have queries? Read through the sections below to find out your journey to writing digital badges, or check out our frequently asked questions!

FAQs

1. Attend a Badge Writing Workshop

We find the best way start your badging journey is to get stuck in with a badge writing workshop! We run free 1.5-hour workshops regularly, with no obligation to join Badge Nation if it isn’t for you.

During this workshop you will learn about the ingredients that make up a badge, the Cities of Learning Badge Standard, and how best to reflect your organisation’s activity. You will leave the workshop with the makings of your first badge, you might even finish writing it!

To book your space check out our ‘What’s On’ page and select ‘Badge Nation Digital Badge Writing Workshops’. It’s always useful to come to this session with an idea for an activity you’d like to badge – be sure to check out the badge collections from our community of Issuers if you need inspiration.

2. Join Badge Nation

You’ve learned all about badges and are ready to get going, fantastic!

To get you onboard we need your organisation to complete a Membership Agreement – this agreement will explain the terms of your membership, asking for some details about your organisation and the people you will have responsible for issuing badges.

This agreement is an online form which once complete, will provide you with information on next steps and an invitation to join our Members Area.

Badge Nation membership begins on the 1st of the month after signing your agreement and lasts for 12 months. For example, if you sign your agreement on the 15th of July, your membership will begin on the 1st of August, and be due for renewal one year later.

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3. Access the Members Area

Welcome to Badge Nation! Now that you have joined the community you can access the Members Area – our resource hub with all sorts of helpful documents and links to make your membership really easy. Help to write and issue badges, how-to videos, promotional materials to use when sharing your badging journey with your networks, you’ll find it all here.

An unlimited number of individuals from your organisation can join the Members Area and access the resources, so we encourage you to share the access information with them.

4. Write a Badge

You may have already made a start your first badge but if you haven’t, now is the time.

As explained during the workshop, to write a badge you need to complete a template containing details such as title, earning criteria, and links to your activity. We have turned this process into a simple online form, with you providing the required information using this Badge Template Submission. Please note that the Template Submission is a Google form; if this presents a problem for your organisation we are happy to provide an alternative.

To assist you with this and take you through the process step-by-step, a recap of the badge writing workshop is available as this Digital Badge Writing Training video on YouTube.

5. Quality Assurance & Publishing to Credly

Once you have submitted your badge in ‘final draft’, we will start the Quality Assurance process. This is where our team will check the criteria you’ve supplied, ensure that your badge is properly mapped to the Cities of Learning Badging Standard, and generally make sure it’s as good as it can possibly be. We may get in touch with you at this stage to discuss any suggested modifications or required clarifications as part of your personalised support.

When everything is good to go, we will publish it to Credly – the badge issuing platform – live and available for you to issue to earners.

If this is your first badge, this is also when we will add your organisation and individuals that have been specified as Collection Managers as per your Membership Agreement, granting them access to Credly and allowing them to issue badges and access analytics. At this stage, we will feature your organisation in our community of issuers.

6. Collection Manager 'Training'

When we add your specified people as Collection Managers they will receive an invitation to log-in from Credly.com with further instructions.

Credly is the platform where you will be uploading your earner information for them to be notified that they have been issued with a badge. The notifications from Credly will explain their next steps for creating an account and accepting their badge.

To get going, we provide this short Collection Manager Training video to help you navigate the platform and take you through the issuing process step-by-step. We recommend familiarising yourself with this before you have a go at awarding badges to your Earners.

7. Issue your Badges

It’s over to you! Using the process outlined in the Collection Manager Training video, use Credly to issue the badges to earners that have achieved your specified earning criteria.

Once you have successfully issued badges on the platform, Credly will send an email notification to earners with some simple instructions on how to create an account and claim their badge.

This is a great chance to engage with your earners and provide support around their badges, such as sharing these how-to videos for claiming their first badge and adding their badges to LinkedIn – we have email templates ready for you to use in the Members Area.

8. Rinse & Repeat!

Now that you’ve issued badges for the first time, you’re ready to write and issue more – remember, you can issue each badge template an unlimited number of times.

Write the badge > Submit for Quality Assurance > We quality assure & publish > You Issue & contact earners!

Our friendly team is here to support you throughout the process and always on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about membership, badge writing, ways to implement in your organisation and more.

Have a query? Get in touch today and we will be delighted to chat!

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