Open Badges

What are Open Badges

Open Badges are an online standard for recognising and verifying learning.

Individuals can earn badges for the things they learn, both online and offline, and then display them in open badge passport or Backpack, or on their website or social media profiles. With Open Badges, every badge is full of information. Each one has important data built in that links back to the issuer, the criteria it was issued under and evidence verifying the credential.

Institutions and organisations can issue badges as recognition for the things they teach. Open Badges is not proprietary – it’s free software and an open technical standard. Open Badges are designed, built and backed by a broad community of contributors, including NASA, Disney, Intel, and many more. The open source model means that improvements made by one partner can benefit everyone, from bug fixes to new features.


Using Badges in Moodle [link to Moodle website]

How do Open Badges Work?

Open Badges can be issued by institutions to verify students digital literacy skills or employability attributes, and teams like ours could use them to verify academic staff eLearning skills.

Moodle has built-in support for Open Badges, which allows you to issue badges directly through Moodle. 

You can find more information on how to use open badges in Moodle on Moodle's webpages.

If you would like support with using Open Badges please contact the TEL team:


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