A digital badge is a visual representation of an accomplishment, achievement, or skill acquisition that is quickly emerging as a way for professionals to document ongoing development and accomplishments. Computer Services has developed a digital badge initiative in an effort to build and support achievements and professional development. Staff, faculty, and students have an opportunity to earn, accept, and display Computer Services digital badges as evidence of their completion of an event or specific training.
Earning and Displaying Badges
Computer Services uses Credly as our digital badging platform. Individuals who meet specific criteria receive an e-mail from Credly on behalf of Missouri State University Computer Services. This email provides a link for you to review and accept the badge. You must accept the badge to activate and display it. If you do not have a Credly account, you will be prompted to set one up. Once accepted, you can also choose to share your badge on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or add them to your Mozilla Open Badges Backpack.
To set up and share the badges you have earned across organizations in a Mozilla Open Badges Backpack, follow instructions found in Credly's I need help sharing a Credly badge to my Mozilla Backpack.
Badges Offered in 2017
Below is the current list of badges offered by Computer Services in 2017. Badges are awarded following verification that all defined criteria were met.
Training Badges are awarded to participants in Computer Services training courses.
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FAQs about Digital Badges
Source: Mozilla Open Badges website.
- Illustrate wide sets of skills and achievements.
- Provide concrete evidence and proof of skills, achievements, and interests.
- Help unlock new career and learning opportunities.
- Signal achievement to peers, potential employers, collaborators, educational institutions, and others.
- Recognize informal learning and provide recognition and credit for learning that happens outside the classroom.
- Transfer learning across spaces and contexts to increase portability across jobs and learning environments.
- Capture more specific skills than traditional degrees by allowing for more granular recognition.
- Provide a more complete picture of the learner.
- Support greater specialization and innovation across specialized and emerging fields.
- Allow greater diversity by acknowledging the importance of soft skills, social habits, and motivation.
- Motivate participation and improved learning outcomes by offering feedback, milestones, and rewards throughout a course or learning experience.
- Allow multiple pathways to learning and encourage focus on the development of specific skills.
- Unlock privileges such as requiring students at a school computer lab to earn a “Digital Safety” badge before being allowed to surf the Web.
- Enhance identity and reputation, raising profiles within learning communities and among peers by aggregating identities across other communities.
- Build community and social capital by helping learners find peers and mentors with similar interests. Community badges help formalize camaraderie, team synthesis, and communities of practice.
- Capture the learning path and history in ways that are more reflective of knowledge gained than degrees or cumulative grades.
- Recognize new skills and literacies that are critical to success in today’s digital world, such as appropriating information, judging its quality, prioritizing, and networking.
The badge itself is more than a static image or button. Its value comes from the information (or metadata) attached to it.
The information behind each badge provides justification and validation, including:
- The issuer of the badge.
- How and when the badge was earned.
- Links back to artifacts, documents, or testimonials demonstrating the work that lead to earning the badge.
- Authentication back to the issuer and relevant standards bodies.
This supporting data reduces the risk of “gaming” the system and builds in an implicit validation system. The metadata may vary based on the particular skill, assessment, and issuer.
Badges can be created, defined, and issued by a broad range of sources, including:
- Formal and informal educational institutions
- Multinational companies
- Professional bodies such as medical and engineering boards
- Individuals with information to teach
- International credential assessment agencies
- Communities of practice including open education projects and peer learners
- After-school programs and learning networks
- Online courses and open courseware initiatives
- Groups focused on professional development