How do I earn a badge?

All faculty (tenure-track, affiliate, visiting, part-time) are eligible to participate in our programming and apply to earn a badge. The requirements for every badge are different, but in general there are two fundamental steps, (a) engagement in a professional development activity and (b) submission of evidence of application.

Many badges require submission of a written reflection to the indicated Badge Coordinator. Guidelines and suggestions for reflections can be found here

Unless otherwise specified, the deadline for submission of a badge application is the end of the semester after the badge-worthy activity: either Fall, Spring/Summer, Winter.

The Credly badging platform is being used to verify, share, and manage the FacultyBadges@GVSU digital badges. Credly displays not only the badge icon but provides additional metadata that describes the accomplishment and the criteria that the earner was required to meet. Credly makes it easy to share badges with individuals and post to personal websites or social media platforms such as LinkedIn. To reference digital badge accomplishments in Digital Measures, simply copy and paste a link to your badges into the text fields of Digital Measures. 

To reflect the range of faculty professional development programs at Grand Valley, the FacultyBadges@GVSU program issues three unique levels of badges:

  • Bronze for basic achievements wherein faculty become familiar with the essentials of a topic and submit a written reflection

  • Silver for development of proficiencies wherein faculty participate in more extensive learning and submit evidence of implementation

  • Gold for more advanced and integrative activities wherein faculty continue to refine implementation, disseminate findings or exhibit campus leadership around a topic.

Badges offered by the Pew FTLC

Strong Start FLC

Strong Start Badge

Design Thinking FLC

Design Thinking Badge

Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring

F2FM Badge

First Year Faculty Mentoring Communities


Teaching Innovation Grant

Teaching Innovation Grant Badge

Personnel Portfolio Workshop

Portfolio Workshop Badge

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

SoTL Badge

New Faculty Teaching Institute

NFTI Badge

Data and the Digital World

Data Digital World Badge

Badges offered by University Libraries

Library Partner

Library Partner Badge

Open Education Resources Adoption

OER Adoption Badge

Streaming Videos

Streaming Video Badge

Data Management

Data Management Badge

Library Archives


Badges offered by eLearning and Emerging Technologies

#EDTECH Summer Teaching Institute

#EDTECH Summer Teaching Institute Badge

Foundations of Online/Hybrid Course Development and Delivery

eLearning - Foundations Badge

Blackboard Essentials

eLearning - Blackboard Essentials Badge

Blackboard Grade Center and Assignments

eLearning - Blackboard Grade Center + Assignments

Blackboard Tests, Quizzes, and Surveys

eLearning - Blackboard Tests, Quizzes, and Surveys

Blackboard Collaborate

eLearning - Blackboard Collaborate

Digital Video

eLearning - Digital Video: Introduction to Ensemble Video and TechSmith Relay

Page last modified December 19, 2017