The badges have been created to reward people for technical skills and participation in web making activities. The aim of the badges is to “legitimise and recognise your web making”.
According to Mozilla, the Webmaker badges are: “An exciting new way to teach, learn and get credentials for digital skills. They’re free, fun, and part of Mozilla’s non-profit mission to create a more web literate world.”
As well as demonstrating that learners have learned new skills, the badges are also there to help people gain peer recognition. This happens by linking badges to your online identity through your Mozilla Persona.
Mozilla hopes the badges will provide people with “a lasting record of their skills and achievements, as well as showing off their new skills to teachers, classmates, peers or future colleges and employers”.
The Webmaker badges are powered by Mozilla Open badges, which enable users to share badges for learned skills as well as participation in learning activities.