Adding an Open Badge

You can add a new badge if you are an Organisation Admin.

Each Badge is made up of a:

  • Name
  • Description
  • Image
  • Some criteria.


You should start by accessing your Organisation level settings then:

  1. Badges
  2. + New Badge


  1. Give your badge a name
  2. Click Submit




You'll now be prompted to state the 'New Criteria' for earning this badge, so select from the drop-down menu what the 'User Must' do.

Criteria can be organised into ‘Paths’.

Paths are equivalent ways of gaining the Badge; a user can achieve a given badge by fulfilling all of the criteria in Path 1 or Path 2; they don’t have to do both to achieve the Badge.


Each Path can have multiple criteria (as seen in Path 2 above), there is no limit.

Criteria come in two forms; Completions and Achievements.




Completion is the act of completing:

  • a course
  • a level
  • another badge


Completing courses

Completing a course is pretty straightforward – finish all the levels within the course, get the badge.


Completing levels

You could give out a badge for completing ‘level n’ of a particular course. This is especially useful in the context of a ‘non-linear’ course; giving out badges for finishing specific levels can be a better award than trying to get someone to complete an entire course (especially when they don’t need too).


Completing badges

Completing a badge is a neat way of ‘nesting’ badges within badges. I could make the Criteria for the ‘Gold’ Badge to be to complete the ‘Silver’ and the ‘Bronze’ badges, as well as doing some other activities.




Achievement is our generic term for having ‘achieved’ a certain level of experience. So I can ‘achieve’ 50 comments, or ‘achieve’ 10 upvotes for my contributions. The full list available for this release is as follows:

  • Objects Viewed
  • Comments
  • Votes Given
  • Votes Received
  • Bookmarks


You can further define ‘achieve’ criteria using the ‘in’ and ‘where tagged’ filters. In is how you can define a piece of achieve criteria by a course or level. So for example, I could create a criterion that says the learner must…

Achieve <10> <comments> in <course name> where tagged <curating>


This would only award the Badge for comments made in a particular course (in the example, the 'How To Create An Outstanding MOOC' course), on objects tagged with particular tags (in this example the 'curating' tab).

Using this sort of filter, you can create badges that reward learners for showing expertise or knowledge in a particular topic within a wider course context.

You can name paths and criteria however you wish, however, it is best practice to use a scalable labelling system. We would tend to label each Path 1, 2, 3 and so on, and then name each criteria within a path 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc.


Clicking on the pencil icon towards the top of the screen 


will now allow you to:

  1. Provide a description for your badge
  2. Upload an image to be associated with your badge
  3. Change the status of your badge (edit or live). Don't forget to change this to live once everything has been set up!)
  4. Remove the badge or save your work


Finally - don't forget to change the Badge Status to Live once you have set the Badge up and checked everything.

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    Sarah Schmidt

    What is the recommended size for the badge image?

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    Ollie Newton

    Hi Sarah,

    I recommend making badge images 300x300 pixels to ensure it doesn't get any pixelation.

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