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. Students should be aware that badges are not trackable in MyPath, so they will have to work with the badge coordinator to ensure criteria are being met. Once the criteria are met, students may apply to the badge coordinator to be awarded a badge. The badge coordinator will verify the student has successfully completed the criteria and issue a badge 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.