Badging in Schoology is one of my favorite features. You can use them as a reward, use them for gamifying a course, you can even use them to mark the completion of something. You are also not limited to what you use.
Schoology has several designs to choose from, but you can also import any image and use it. Oh you thought it was just images you could change? Oh no you have different shape colors and you can change the color of the trim.
These badges have been a springboard for two really awesome things in my district.
1. We use the badges to represent PD courses teachers have completed in Schoology. This way at the end of the year we know what to give them CEU's for - or fill out the forms for them to send off. This year, because we were in our second year, I had one of those "ah ha" moments. We decided to color code our badges. Last years badges we outlined in black and this year's in hot pink. I am thinking the pretty green for next year. This way no one is double dipping and it makes it easier to keep up with.
2. The second big idea brought on by badging is "why not turn the Schoology badges we made into physical badges?" Teachers love recognition and getting CEU's is awesome, but why not let something in Schoology be represented outside of the LMS? This coming year we will be getting badges printed for different level of achievement, certifications, etc.. Here are some of the ones we are going to use - Nearpod Certified Educator, Schoology Champion, Apple Certified, etc.. With this we are also gamifying our PD. So we have come of with Schoology Level Badges for completing certain courses we have created.
We are pretty excited about what is down the road and it all started with badges.