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Identify Skills

What achievements are your peers trying to show?

Your Task.

In the comments section below, tell us:

  • Which skills does your badge represent?
  • Which course will offer the badge?
  • What type of badge will it be?


Which Skills Are You Assessing?

As an organizers, the badge should directly correspond to the learning goals of your P2PU course. A strong connection between goals and badges makes the assessment relevant. For instance, in HTML Hunting in the World Around You, HTML Basic Badge directly corresponds to learning...well, the basics of HTML. 

While it would be awesome, an "Internet Browsing Monster" badge would not be a relevant badge here, because browsing the web isn't a goal of the course. Make sense? :) 


What Is the Badge For?

What event in the learning process does the badge recognize? A few options:  

  • Is the badge for the completion of a project or task? A “Skill” badge is most appropriate. Learners apply for that badge upon completion of a project or task.
  • Is the badge for a trait a learner demonstrates?Community” badges are what peers award to each other--maybe for giving Helpful Feedback or being a Team Player.
  • Is the badge about user’s activity? Stealth” badges are earned automatically by usage on the site. For instance, learners get the Beta Hero badge by completing all tasks in a challenge.


Badge Types

Skill Badge

  • requires submissions
  • minimum N number of votes to be awarded (default and preferably 3 or 2)
  • minimum M average rating (default and preferebly 3)
  • can be associated with a task of the challenge so the user is promt to submit to the badge while (s)he is marking the task as completed

Community Badge

  • users give this badge to their peers
  • appears in the give badge dialog on discussion areas of the challenges
  • users can receive multiple badges of this comming from different peers
  • no submissions

Challenge Completion Badge

  • given automatically to anyone that marks all the challenge tasks as completed

  • Beware: peers can acquire completion badges without doing actual work


Task Discussion

  • v4lent1na said:

    This is just speculation work but let's say I'm teaching kids the basics of journalism - so that they may use them to write their school paper.
    At the end of the course I will award them a badge as proof they have participated to the workshop.
    Which skills does my badge represent?
    - storytelling; the ability to put together info from several sources and combine them into a coherent narrative.
    Which course will offer the badge?
    - the young reporter workshop (kids age 11 - 13)
    What type of badge will it be?
    - skills badge

    on Sept. 8, 2013, 8:21 a.m.
  • Leo Kindon said:


    The badge will be awarded to a student who is helpful to other students at our school. It might be awarded for tutoring a younger student in a specific course. It could also be awarded to an older student who coaches one of the sports or moderates one of the activities of the younger students. It might even be awarded to a younger student who takes the time to help a fellow student who is injured and cannot carry all of his books.


    It will be considered a community badge for the community service that the receiver performs.

    on July 5, 2013, 10:46 a.m.
  • Joel said:

    • Which skills does your badge represent?

    This badge will be about uploading documents into SharePoint LMS VLE

    Users will have to be able to demonstrate that they are competent users of the 3 upload tools available in SPLMS

    • Which course will offer the badge?

    My own course I am trying to set up on P2Pu


    • What type of badge will it be?

    Skills badge

    on June 7, 2013, 6:48 a.m.
  • John Martin, aka EdVentures said:

    Video Game Design & Development Badge


    This particular badge was intended to be awarded upon completion of one of my workshops on creating a video game design & development class in your own school. I am still working out the parameters for issuance and at some point will likely break this badge down into smaller components but for the time being the badge represents a learners ability to understand, remix and develop their own content for use in their classroom or school.


    I have not yet converted this into a P2PU course, and for now the course content resides on my website:

    Badge Type (Skill, community or challenge completion)

    Challenge Completion - This particular badge is awarded for completion of a workshop. As the workshop itself comes in a number of sizes (1 hr, 90 min, 2 hr, 3 hr or 6 hr), I anticipate needing to modify how the badge itself is awarded so that it conveys the varying degrees of depth of learning.

    Future Vision

    I foresee that this badge will be attained by virtue of the completion of milestone challenges. Learners will acquire a certain number and variety of skill badges which will then make them eligible to earn the challenge badge.

    on May 29, 2013, 10:55 a.m.
  • NateSavery said:


    • Which skills does your badge represent?

    I would like to create a badge to represent the skill of thoughtful and insightful critique of a given work or piece of content (even of a lesson or course).  In particular, the badge would aim to represent the skill of seeing some content and not simply taking it at face value, but asking productive questions about "what is missing?" with regard to the framing of the content. What does this framing ignore?  Whose perspectives are being left out?

    • Which course will offer the badge?

    I don't have a specific course that I am aiming to design at this moment, but it would ideally be a badge for any course that either (a) has critical thinking and/or critical studies as a theme, or (b) is a course that seeks to promote critical thinking and awareness of power and difference as a sub-goal or 'side-effect' of participation in the course.

    • What type of badge will it be?

    This would be a badge of the type "Community", if I understand the typology correctly.  It would be granted by one user to another.  In certain contexts, I can imagine this badge being voted upon by all peers, or issued by a course instructor only.

    on May 22, 2013, 4:47 p.m.

    John Martin, aka EdVentures said:

    I see value in awarding a badge for processes of thought if only to encourage learners to think more deeply, critically and structurally. I think it would bear even more value when awarded by peers in that those peers have to think about the process and the value that this deep thinking has to not only themselves, but to others. The recognition of the value of this practice hopefully will instill a desire to repeat the behavior!

    on May 29, 2013, 11 a.m. in reply to NateSavery
  • mixmaxmin said:

    I would like my badge to signify that the person who has it has a good understanding of copyright, creative commons and open educational resources. It is connected to a workshop that covers thos three areas and once taken, the learner will have a good understanding of the basics.

    The badge will consist of three parts, one badge each for:

    • copyright
    • creative commons
    • open educational resources

    Upon gaining all three badges an overall badge is awarded.

    on April 26, 2013, 11:07 p.m.

    John Martin, aka EdVentures said:

    I like this! To expand on it in the future you could create consumer and author badges to reward learners who not only are consuming these resources but who then go on to create their own and assign the appropriate licenses. 

    What area of education do you fall into?

    on May 29, 2013, 11:04 a.m. in reply to mixmaxmin
  • Anonym said:

    As a starter, I would like to create a badge for my Microsoft Excel Classes. Excel Basics would be a skill based badge that would show us that the person who earned this badge has a general understanding of hwo to input basic information in to Microsoft Excel.

    on March 18, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
  • pinguroolz said:

    Thought nutritionist.

    This is a Community badge awarded by peers to someone who promotes and evolves useful discussions in a collaborative fashion.

    They would be recognised by their useful feedback, enabling an idea to move forwards to fruition.

    It would be a tool in the arsenal of a forum participant, to support collaborative work, promote positive behaviour on a site, and distract away from some of the more cynical voices on a forum.

    If the participant recieves three independant votes from forum members then the badge would be awarded.


    on March 12, 2013, 4:55 p.m.
  • Ben Bryson said:

    I plan to develop a badge that represents demonstration of the following skills as they relate to the use of my library's discovery tool:

    • demonstrate understanding of search concepts such as keywords, author, title, subject, the use of quotation marks, and the use of Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
    • demonstrate understanding of the bibliographic information included in search results
    • demonstrate the ability to access both print content (correct identification of location and call number) and electronic content  (successful authentication by  EZproxy) retrieved by a search

    The name of the badge would be something like "AltaCat Search Artist," which refers to the branded name of our discovery tool. The name of the course would be something like "Discovering Library Resources with AltaCat."

    I would categorize this badge as a Skills badge.

    on Feb. 21, 2013, 1:56 p.m.
  • HEI-ON Project said:


    • Which skills does your badge represent?

    My badge will represent kwnolledge skills . I will share it only if people know what to answer and when they are willing to share their experiences as an exhange student or as a person who has had problems with exhange student paperwork. 

    • Which course will offer the badge?

    ​It will be offered under make an awesome citizen cyberscience project.

    • What type of badge will it be?

    The type of the badge will be - skills.


    on Feb. 21, 2013, 11:41 a.m.
  • Peter Rawsthorne said:

    One of the things that I often wonder about is the graularity of badges. When do you offer a micro-badge or are these just tasks toward a badge. Here is a simple badge scenario I came up with;

    As described in the linked post. Do you offer the micro-badges (in yellow) as steps toward the badge (in gold). In one of the challenges I am creating is in declaring your OnPhD candidacy; and once you complete each task I was thinking of offering a micro-badge. And once you have all seven micro-badges you would receive the badge.

    What do others think about the micro-badge / badge idea?

    on Jan. 25, 2013, 9:17 a.m.
  • Anonym said:

    Ok, here it goes:


    • Which skills does your badge represent?

    Video Creator (Beginner/Int/Advanced): Able to produce a short video using iMovie with various features

    Blogger (Beginner/Int/Advanced): Able to write short post, comment, add photos/videos

    Google Docs expert (Beginner/Int/Advanced)

    Google Mail expert

    Animation expert

    Digital Citizenship Award (citing and linking to other posts, using creative commons images, etc)





    • Which course will offer the badge?

    PYP, Digital Citizenship 101


    • What type of badge will it be?

    See above

    on Jan. 22, 2013, 12:05 a.m.
  • Becky Heritage said:


    Participatory Culture Basics: Social Media 

    Which skills does your badge represent?

    • Basic instantiation web presence via four types of social media platforms:
      • Microblogging: (eg. Twitter)
      • Social Networking Sites: (eg. Facebook, LinkedIn)
      • PhotoSharing: (eg. Flickr, PhotoBucket)
      • Video Sharing (eg. YouTube, Vimeo)

    Which course will offer the badge?

    Participatory Culture Level I. To be created. 

    What type of badge will it be?

    A skills badge

    on Jan. 19, 2013, 1:09 p.m.
  • Badgemaker said:

    My intention was that completion would involve an online assessment, and that a badge would be issued as soon as the learner demonstrates mastery.  I have concerns about the peer review process being described for P2PU/skill badges.  In particular, I wonder if the peer community is active enough to give immediate feedback and/or validation to learners. A hybrid approach and/or use of another platform may be needed if the platform only supports the peer review model.  


    Which skills does your badge represent?  Knowledge of emerging models of learner-centric mastery-based learning and concepts related to the data 

    Which course will offer the badge? t.b.d.

    What type of badge will it be? Skills/hybrid

    on Jan. 14, 2013, 4:15 p.m.
  • preclectic said:


    I envision creating a P2PU course in which participants discover, explore, and develop the habits of decent digital citizen. Now, I know this a rather lofty goal and that being a decent digital citizen is always a work in progress. Even so, I believe participants can master “seed” skills that will allow them to bloom into productive members of online communities. I propose a course in which enrollees have the opportunity to earn 5 badges with each being a recognition of the participants’ introduction to and initial mastery of skills that all citizens in a digital environment rely upon.
    I used Mind42 (a web-based mindmapping resource to help me explore what my badges will signify as well as the proof participants will need to supply to earn the badges). You can read about the mindmap at my P2PU journal blog, The Visitor or visit my mindmap. Here's a short video that explains how to navigate the mindmap.
    What follows is a description of my proposed badges. 
    The Educated Digital Citizen badge
    A skill badge that recognizes the (citizen’s) ability to understand what technology is and why it is vital for enhanced/richer learning by citing examples of how technology:
    • saves time/makes work more productive
    • makes work more powerful
    • allows work to be more meaningful
    • helps learners become become more scholarly/ethical
    • improves quality of life for those who come afterward
    The Engaged Digital Citizen badge
    A community badge that recognizes the (citizen’s) ability to participate in and support a digital community by citing examples of their interactions with others in digital communities they are part of.
    Examples/proof should show how they are being considerate of, communicating with, and safeguarding:
    • themselves
    • their digital peers
    • their (digital) community.
    The Efficient & Effective Digital Citizen badge
    A skill badge that recognizes the (citizen’s) ability to (know what work to do, which tool/resource to use, and the best way to use it) recognize and use digital resources and tools to:
    • evaluate content
    • search/find content
    • communicate
    • create digital content
    Examples/proof would come from participants citing examples of work they had to complete in a digital community and how they accomplished that work in the most efficient and effective manner (task, tool, and outcome).
    by choosing from a list of tasks, work they must accomplish
    The Ethical Digital Citizen badge
    A skill badge that recognizes the (citizen’s) ability to digitally interact with others in honorable manner by explaining/giving examples of the necessity of observing, practicing, and upholding:
    intellectual property
    • Fair Use
    • Copyright
    • Copyleft
    • Creative Commons
    • the True/Kind/Helpful rule
    The Enlightened Digital Citizen badge 
    A community badge that recognizes the (citizen’s) ability to make the path to learning easier for future citizens of a digital community by 
    • giving back to the digital community (providing a service)
    • giving back to the digital community (providing a product)
    • sharing what they learn
    Participants will demonstrate mastery by creating a product (image, podcast, video, interactive, notes, etc...) that guides others through a learning process valued by their digital community.
    Any and all feedback will be greatly appreciated.
    on Jan. 5, 2013, 12:51 a.m.
  • Badge Definer said:

    I want to design a badge for a self-guided challenge in which participants:

    1) Read about badges, and familiarize themselves with their diversity and the complexity of badge architectures

    2) Propose a formal definition of badges, as a thinking tool, to assist them in their own work with badges in learning contexts.


    Skills indicated by the badge:

    - Familiarity with badge architectures and classifications

    - Capacity to formulate a definition for badges


    Which course will offer the badge?

    - A P2PU Challenge on "Defining badges"

    Type of badge:

    - Skills

    on Jan. 4, 2013, 7:47 p.m.
  • Stephen Gilman said:


    Which skills does your badge represent?
    • Log in to Google Drive [aka Docs]
    • Create, name and organize a new document
    • Create, name and organize a new spreadsheet
    • Edit and comment on a document
    • Check revision history and revert to previous save
    • Share a document online
    • Share a document by email attachment
    Which course will offer the badge?
    Google Drive(er)
    What type of badge will it be?
    on Jan. 1, 2013, 8:47 p.m.