Badges settings

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Individual user settings

  • A user can manage badges from Navigation>My profile>My badges.
  • A user can view available course badges from Navigation>Current course>Badges.
Viewing course badges

Viewing the badges of other users

A student can view other students' course badges by going to Navigation>Participants and clicking on the course profile of a chosen user. Badges are visible in the short (course) profile.

Course administration settings

  • A teacher can add and manage badges in their course if the administrator has enabled course badges in Site administration>Badges settings.
  • They will see a link to badges in Course administration>Badges. where badges may be managed and added.

Site administration settings

  • Badges are enabled by default and can be disabled in 'Advanced features' in the Site administration. (Note that disabling the feature once badges have been awarded does not prevent those badges being verified by external backpacks.)
  • The site settings for badges are located in 'Badges' in the Site administration.
  • From 'Backpack settings' you can select the active external backpack.

Default badge issuer

Here you set the name and email address of the issuer. The name will appear where the badges are displayed and might typically be the name of the organization.

Salt for hashing recipient's email address

If a hash is used (numbers and letters only) then backpack services can confirm a badge earner without exposing their email address.

Enable course badges

Ticking this box will allow teachers to add and manage badges in their courses.

Backpack settings

New feature
in Moodle 3.7!
In Moodle 3.7 onwards, backpack.openbadges.org or badgr.io can be set as the external backpack for users to connect to.

Note that the Mozilla Open Badges service is due to be transitioned to Badgr in the near future. Open Badges users will then receive notification emails advising them to move their badges from Open Badges to Badgr.

  • For new 3.7 sites, it is recommended to set badgr.io as the active external backpack.
  • For upgraded 3.7 sites with users who previously connected to the Open Badges backpack, it is recommended to leave the active external backpack as backpack.openbadges.org until users receive notification emails about moving their badges to Badgr.

Enabling Badgr as the active external backpack

To enable Badgr as the active external backpack, you first need to create an account on https://badgr.io (let's call it the 'Badgr admin account'). The account email address and password will need to be entered in to your Moodle site.

  1. Go to Site administration / Badges / Backpack settings and set the site backpack to https://badgr.io.
  2. Go to Site administration / Badges / Badges settings and set the badge issuer email address to your Badgr admin account email, and save changes.
  3. Go to Site administration / Badges / Manage backpacks, edit the settings for the badgr.io backpack and enter your Badgr admin account password, and save changes.

Users with an account on https://badgr.io will then be able to connect to their Badgr backpack as follows:

  1. In the user menu (top right), select Preferences, then 'Backpack settings' under Badges.
  2. Enter your Badgr user account email and password.
  3. Look in your mailbox for a verification email and copy and paste the link to verify your connection to the backpack.

Badges capabilities

There are a number of capabilities associated with badges: