A badge is a digital record of achievement that recognizes a student’s completion of a coherent and meaningful academic experience.
Less formal than a certificate, minor, major, or degree program, a badge requires a student to complete anywhere from 0.5 to 15 academic credits, and may include additional non-credit criteria. Students can link their digital badges to online résumés and portfolios, career websites, or social media. This gives students a way to share their experiences, competencies, or knowledge to a wide audience that may include current and future employers, professional and community organizations, recruiters, and graduate programs.
To get started earning a badge, students should peruse the list of currently available badges and speak with the appropriate badge coordinator. In order to be able to track progress on a badge in myPath, students should declare the desired badge in myBanner. Once the badge criteria are met, students must apply to receive the badge via myBanner. Once a student’s badge completion has been verified, the badge will be posted to the student’s record and will be viewable on their transcript. In addition, the digital badge will be issued through Credly.com.
The student will receive an email from Acclaim with a link to the badge. The badge will describe the criteria for receiving the badge along with some sample objectives. Students can then link to their badge from other social media sites such as LinkedIn.
Faculty Information About Student Badges
Faculty interested in creating a badge should read the university’s policy on credit-bearing badges found on UCC's website. The policy document describes criteria for credit-bearing badges and the process to create them.