Open Badge Primer

Earn your first open badge

Image of some open badges

Learn about badges

Here you can learn about Open Badges and be awarded a badge for learning about badges! If you're here, it may well be your first ever Open Badge, but if not it's still a chance to earn a new one.

Read about Open Badges below, answer the few simple questions and you will be awarded your badge.

What are open badges?

Open Badges are an initiative by the Mozilla Foundation, allowing anyone to earn badges for learning done anywhere. Like digital versions of Cub Scout badges, they allow all sorts of skills and achievements to be verified, stored and shared that might not normally be recognised.

A digital badge is an online representation of a skill you've earned. Open Badges take that concept one step further, and allows you to verify your skills, interests and achievements through credible organizations. And because the system is based on an open standard, you can combine multiple badges from different issuers to tell the complete story of your achievements - both online and off. Display your badges wherever you want them on the web, and share them for employment, education or lifelong learning.

Mozilla Foundation, from their Open Badges site

Who can award open badges?

Anyone can award an Open Badge using free software and the Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI), developed by the Mozilla Foundation. You can find out more about issuing badges on the Open Badges site.

Where can I keep my badges?

Once a badge is earned, it is stored in your Mozilla Backpack, which is a free, online area where you can save your badges. When you earn your first badge below, you will be asked to sign up for, or login to, your Mozilla Backpack.

What goes into an open badge?

An open badge is just an image file (.png) with associated information about the badge. The badge will include:

  • Recipient: Who earned the badge, identified by email address. It must be the same email you use to login to your Backpack. Email addresses are hashed, so they will not appear in plain text and are secure.
  • Badge: The badge image - basically just a .png file. See some examples from the Chicago Summer of Learning here:
  • Name: The name of the badge, eg "IT Wizard".
  • Description: A description of what you did to earn the badge.
  • Issued on: Date the badge was issued.
  • Evidence: A link to evidence showing what you did to earn the badge. For this example, your badge will link to this page.
  • Criteria: A link to The learning outcomes that needed to be met to earn the badge.
  • Issuer: Information about the issuer of the badge, such name, email address, website etc.


Now you've read a bit about open badges, answer the questions below to earn your first badge:

Open badges quiz
You've earned your badge, now save it to your Mozilla Backpack...

Must be the same as your backpack email address. Only encrypted email addresses will be stored on this server and we will ONLY ever use them to award this badge.

As of 15 July 2013 Mozilla's Open Badge Issuer API errors in Internet Explorer 10 and below.

You may close this message and continue reading this page and answer the quiz at the end, but you will not be able to add a badge to your backpack. Alternatively, if possible, you can access the full features of this page by viewing it in one these other browsers:

Mozilla are aware of the issue and are working on a fix, which will hopefully be released soon. You can read more about it here.