Documentation:Connect/Add Achievements in Connect(How to)

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What Are Achievements?

Example of what Achievements will look like

Achievements (or Badges) allow instructors to create opportunities for students to earn recognition for their accomplishments. Achievements are visible to individual students and faculty members. They will be able to see which rewards they have earned and what is required to receive additional rewards. [1]

Why Use Achievements?

Achievements (or Badges) are widely used in educational institutions and workplaces and even in many popular apps. Achievement visualizes students' progress in fun and engaging way. Students can check progress bar to view their achievement pathway, and once they fulfill the requirements, achievements will be awarded. This will allow Instructors to enhance their students' motivation and learning experience. Instructors can also choose to customize the achievements by uploading images that they have created.

What Can You Use Achievements For?

Why Using Badges

Badging is a relatively new concept in higher education that can be used to:

  • validate and recognize the achievement of knowledge, skills and attitudes expected of students by the end of a course (learning outcomes);
  • track student activity and the completion of defined tasks (using a rubric with criteria);
  • demonstrate the development of cross-disciplinary knowledge, skills and attitudes;
  • describe student learning pathways within a degree or program;
  • provide granular details and information that a degree with a broader view cannot;
  • validate skills and attitudes valuable to job markets;
  • promote an open ecosystem and badge-based learning across the UBC community.
  • award students with achievements when they complete a course module
  • award students with achievements when they score good grades for quizzes
  • gamify your course with achievements.
  • award students for their outstanding contributions

Types of Rewards

  • There are 3 types of reward that you can use in the achievements:
    • Course Completion: This option will allow you to reward your student with a certificate. You can also award students with an additional badge. This type of reward is useful when you want to reward a students when they have completed certain number of modules.
    • Milestone: This option will allow you to reward your student with a badge. This type of reward is useful when you want to reward a student with certain activities such as completing a quiz with a grade of 80%.
    • Custom: This option will allow you to reward your students with certificate, badge or both.

How to Add Achievements to Your Course

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1. Identify a location in the course where students will be able to view their badges.

2. Define the Achievement Type (Milestone and Custom are the most commonly used)


Define Triggers (for Achievements)

1. Name a Rule. A rule can contain more than one item that can be graded or not*.


  • If graded, the item MUST have a column in the Grade Centre.
  • If NOT graded, you need to activate the Review Status for the item.

2. Identify an item from the Grade Centre (if graded) or use Review Status underneath (if not graded)

3. Define the condition for that item (number of attempts, percentage rate).

4. Add Item. You always have the possibility to Remove the item afterwards.

5. For a non-graded item, Browse content collection to identify the item's location. Click Add.


Once you Browse, a new window appears on screen. Select the item to be Reviewed by students. IMPORTANT: if you decide to select a tool such as Discussions, Blogs, Wikis or Journals, make sure it is located inside a folder/content area (see below). If located in the course menu as a Tool Link, you will not see it listed.



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Example: students need to contribute to the Class Discussions forum (not graded) and complete two quizzes (graded), you will proceed as follows:
  • Attempt on Quiz A (Grade Centre)
  • Attempt on Quiz B (Grade Centre)
  • Review Status on Class Discussions

Student View

If Review Status chosen as step, students will need to select Mark Reviewed to earn a badge:



Once students complete the final step, the new achievement (badge) will be displayed in the Achievements page:


Select Reward


For more information on the tool itself, please visit the Blackboard' Help website.

Accessing the Badges

To make badges easy to find in your course, you can create a direct access from the Course Menu. 1. From the + button on the top left hand corner, select Tool Link in the drop down menu; 2. Choose Achievements'. Enter title and check Show to Users box. Students will be able to access their badges directly from this link.


If you want to learn more about Achievements, please see Create and Manage Achievements . Please note that this resource is developed by Blackboard. There may be minor difference in user interface.

Effective Practices

  • Students may confuse between achievements and grades. Make it clear in your course that achievements and grades are different.
  • In order to reward students with badges, you will have to define a trigger. A trigger is like a set of requirements that your students will have to fulfill in order to earn an achievement. For example, in the case of "Students will earn the 'Awareness badge' when they have completed Quiz A with a grade of more than 70%", "Completed Quiz A with a grade of more than 70%" will be the trigger.