Mozilla Open Badges is a platform that offers a place to demonstrate your variety of technical skills into one place. You can earn badges as a digital credentials for your real-world skills sets and achievements.

Here’s a TEDx talk that talks about what digital credentials and why they might be useful for your class:

Consider how this Piece of Flair could help your professional goals, whether by recognizing skills you already have, inviting you to acquire new ones, or creating a badge that your students could pursue.


Designed to be user directed, open badges offer a relatively flexible path. The bullets below are some suggested ways of engaging with and presenting your badges. We expect that you sign up at, set up a Mozilla Backpack, and earn at least three separate badges from any member of the Open Badges community (P2PU—especially their education courses—is a good place to start). Then, consider the requirements below and integrate your badges with your portfolio:

  • create a page in your portfolio to display your badges
  • give a brief description of the skills and benchmarks your badge represents
  • as appropriate, integrate your badges with other pages in your portfolio

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you may consider creating your own badge instead of earning some—let us know if you’re thinking of this, and we can work out a plan!

Relationship to Other Pieces of Flair

Consider how your badges could be integrated in your Professional Development Transcript or how they could support your Teaching Philosophy. Perhaps they are worth mentioning in your Gallery of Links or deserve a post on your Active Blog.

If this doesn’t sound like a good fit for your portfolio, please see other Pieces of Flair for ideas that might work better for you.