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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

In Moodle 3.7 onwards, should be set as the external backpack for users to connect to.

In August 2019, the Mozilla Open Badges service transitioned to Badgr. Open Badges users should receive notification emails advising them to move their badges from Open Badges to Badgr.

  • For new 3.7 sites, should be set as the active external backpack, as described below.
  • For upgraded 3.7 sites with users who previously connected to the Open Badges backpack, the active external backpack should be changed to and the Badgr backpack enabled as described below. Until this change is made, users won't be able to connect to their backpack or display badges from their backpack in their profile. Users will then need to go to their backpack settings page and disconnect from then connect to their Badgr backpack.

Enabling Badgr as the active external backpack

To enable Badgr as the active external backpack, you first need to create an account on (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
  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 backpack and enter your Badgr admin account password, and save changes.

Users with an account on 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.

Note: With set as the active external backpack on your site, only users with an account on can connect to their backpack. Users can't use their account on, or Thus, for now, each user needs to create an account on and select 'US' if asked to choose a location.

Manage backpacks

New feature
in Moodle 3.9!
In Moodle 3.9 onwards, new backpacks may be added (or removed) in Site administration / Badges / Manage backpack.

Badges capabilities

There are a number of capabilities associated with badges:

See also