Project Q&A With: Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU)

Project Q&A With: Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU)

The Peer 2 Peer University is a grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements. They will be building an adaptable, customizable, open source, fully documented platform that will allow people to create OBI-compliant badge systems. It will enable issuers to create and issue badges into the OBI and easily integrate it into their sites.

What were your initial goals for the badges? Did those goals change at all throughout the design process?

We established what our design priorities and principles were for this iteration of badges, namely:

  • Focusing on qualitative feedback to improve projects
  • Prompting learner to iterate and improve
  • Nurturing strong mentorship bonds

How successfully are you getting institutional buy-in, or adoption from your learners?

As of this writing, is host to 32 new Badges, and we look forward to an uptick in usage once we fully integrate into

Our initial launch offered 90% all of the features we prioritized, namely:

  • Badge design/definition (either upload image, or choose from a set of basic shapes)
  • Project submission and review process (feedback, optional resubmission)
  • Badge issue (once review is complete)
  • User profile
  • Notifications
  • Account creation

In our second sprint, we became OBI compliant, installed a rich text editor for feedback, implemented some style upgrades and gave profiles and projects a bit more discoverability.

We’re in the midst of our third sprint, in which we will integrate badges into As of this writing, is host to 32 new badges, and we look forward to an uptick in usage once we fully integrate into

In addition to activity on, we’ve been facilitating workshops, webinars and learning experiences surrounding badges, assessment, and user testing.

These include:

Peter Rawsthorne and Leah Macvie have spearheaded a P2PU School of Badges, which we are currently in the process of formalizing. They have devised a 3- 6- and 12-month roadmap for learners who are interested in finding out about and using badges, including our new platform:

In our partnership with the Open Knowledge Foundation, we’ve developed a suite of Badges for our “Data Explorer Mission”:


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