Badges - Quick update and some thoughts on opportunities

A lot is happening in the badges space, and while it’s not clear what the next steps are for P2PU, @dirk made the good point that we don’t have a good place to document what we are doing.

  • The Badge Alliance is a new organization that was spun out of Mozilla and is stewarding the badges ecosystem. @Philipp is on the steering committee (kind of like a board).

  • Most of the work of the Alliance happens in working groups (list of all the groups > There are two kinds of working groups: infrastructure working groups, and ecosystem working groups. Ecosystem working groups look at particular communities of users (e.g. teachers or workforce development). Infrastructure working groups focus on things that are required for the ecosystem to be successful (things that are important, but that are unlikely to happen without focused attention … e.g. messaging about badges, or policy work). All of the working groups are public and anyone can join.

  • Especially in the education working group, a lot of people are asking for platform solutions. Erika, who was the lead designer / developer for P2PU’s badges platform joined the educator working group and is keeping an eye open for opportunities where our platform might be suitable.

  • On the point of platforms, P2PU currently hosts a badge platform at and our source code is on github and pretty easy to self-host. Our platform is unique in that is supports peer-to-peer feedback and not just top-down badge issuing. As far as I can tell, it’s also the only full-service open source platform that anyone can host at the moment. To make it more broadly used, we probably would need to invest a little bit of time in simplifying installation and editing some of the P2PU specific language. I talked to Erika about it, and she estimates it could all be done in a few weeks of focused work.

  • Last week, I hosted a “technology strategy workshop” that was organized by the Badge Alliance, at the Media Lab. The Badge Alliance saw a need to have more time to speak through its role in the technology space and invited both working group members and a few people who might be able to provide advice and input from a more strategic technology perspective. A report of the meeting will be published soon.

In sum, it’s not 100% clear where the key opportunities for P2PU are, but P2PU is participating in the conversations to see how we can help the ecosystem move forward and succeed.

@Carl @bekka - Is this the kind of thing that would also make sense as a blog post? (If yes, please just re-blog it)


Thanks for sharing @1L2P, very useful to hear about things in badge land.

I notice that there are no mention of open on the front page copy for Is the focus still on open badges or is the Badge Alliance an umbrella for a wider range of badges?

That’s a good question. My take is that open didn’t make it into the title in order to appeal to a broader group of issuers. But under the hood there is a 100% commitment to the “open badges” architecture.

Philipp’s take is pretty accurate - we discussed having ‘open’ in the title but agreed that the current name opens doors to having more conversations with those issuing all types of badges. Openness, innovation and learner agency are still at the heart of the work of the Badge Alliance, and we are committed to building an open badging ecosystem with the individuals and organizations who have signed up as participating members.

More information can be found on the About page and Why Badges? This is only Phase 1 of the website, and future iterations will include increased clarity on the questions raised here as well as more information about the working groups and ways to plug in.

Feel free to reach out to with further questions or feedback on the website or the work in general - we’d appreciate input from our wider community as we move forward!


Marketing + Community Manager
Badge Alliance

1 Like

Hearing that makes me happy! And also what I read on

I think it makes sense to not have open in the title, but I recommend saying something about openness on the front page (currently it only features under non static data - events, blogs & twitter feed) since it is still at the core of the alliance.