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An Edubadge is a form to demonstrate retrieved knowledge and skills. An Edubadge can be seen as a digital certificate. The design of the badge represents information about the issuer and the obtained knowledge and skills. This digital information cannot be copied or changed.

Because we use badges in education, we call them EduBadges.

Why EduBadges

Badges can be managed online in a so-called "Backpack", and can be published on social media like LinkedIn, which makes the the usage of Edubadges interesting. You can publish (a subset) of your badges, which could be used during job applications, which enables the employer to see your obtained skills & knowledge. The "backpack" where the badge resides contains much more information about the obtained skills compare to a paper certificate, and the authencity is verifiable.

How to use EduBadges


Step 1: Create an EduID

In order to use EduBadges, you are required to create an EduID. With an EduID, badge "receivers" can use their identity accros other universities. Which means that once a student leaves the university, or will follow a course at another university, the EduID can still be used to request, manage & share badges. In this way it supports ‘Life Long Learning’.

Below you can find further explanation on how to request an EduID, and how to request, manage & share them, as well as how to validate a badge to verify the authenticity.

  1. Go to and click on “sign in - EduID”. Continue with Step 2: Request and receive a badge.
  2. "No EduID account yet?" Then click on “SIGN UP HERE”
  3. Enter your e-mail address and wait until a confirmation e-mail arrives in your inbox. Note: this can take a few minutes! Also check your spam folder.
  4. Click on the link in the confirmation e-mail, and set your password. As username you can use the e-mail address to which the confirmation e-mail has been sent.
  5. You will now see your personal "My EduID" page. Now it's time to link your EduID to your institution account, so that you can log in to your personal Badge environment later. To do this, click on "Security Settings" on the left side of the page.
  6. Now click on "SURFconext" in the middle of the webpage. Click on the name of your institution (University of Twente) in the SURFconext overview, and agree to the conditions.
  7. Go back to and log in with your EduID.

You are now in your personal badge environment!

Step 2: Request and receive a badge

Once you have completed the course ‘Didactical Instructions for Student Assistants’ or a part-time or fulltime ’Board Year’ you can request a badge. You can find the link in the Edubadge button in Canvas (DISA) or you will receive it from the Student Union.

  1. Click on the link in Canvas or in the e-mail that you have received.
  2. Click on the "request badge" button.
  3. Your request to apply for the badge has now arrived at the issuer from CELT or the Student Union. As soon as your request has been honored, you will receive a confirmation email in your inbox.
  4. Once you have received the confirmation email, you can open the badge. You can do this by “downloading” the badge directly from the mail. You can also open the badge in your personal badge environment. To do this, log in again at with your EduID and go to "Backpack". From here you can also share the badge on social media.


Step 3: Manage & Publish badges to social media

Once the badge has been awarded to you, it’s available for yourself and you can show it to other people. For example, to potential employers or to your network.

Create collections

Within the Edubadge environment you can add badges on a specific topic via the Collections tab and make them public.

Social media and how do I add a badge to my LinkedIn profile

Through “Backpack” tab in the edubadge pilot environment you can see your own earned edubadges. At this moment you can add, remove and use the social media links to your badges in your backpack to inform others about obtaining a badge. First you have to change the status of the badge to ‘private’ by clicking on the badge. Then click on ‘Make badge Public’. Then you can share your badge by clicking on “Share Badge”. Next click on ‘Social’ and make it public on LinkedIn (for example) or other social media like Twitter.

Add external badges

It is possible to add an external badge to your backpack. An "external" badge is a badge that has been issued in an environment other than the edubadges pilot environment. If this badge has been received at an e-mail address other than the institution e-mail address, then add this e-mail address to your edubadge profile (account at the top right, and then profile button). Once you have validated your e-mail address, it will also be possible to add the badge to your backpack.

Step 4: Validating a badge

Badges can be validated: it is then checked whether the badge was actually issued by the named party to the person claiming to own the badge. If you want to know if a badge is issued by who, you can click on the “verify” button via the badge system. Here you see if the badge is ‘true’ of ‘false’.

Badges can also be validated (checked for authenticity) via a special website: where you can use the url of the badge, or the image and you can also check the EduID of the recipient to check the authenticity.


If you have question regarding the use of EduBadges, please contact via email, or contact the project members: