Digital badges allow an individual to showcase certain achievements they have gained through academic coursework, experiential learning, or professional development training. Earners of digital badges can share or display their badges on various online platforms such as LinkedIn, social media sites, and e-portfolios. Digital badges are embedded with meta-data; information prospective employers can access to verify the learning outcomes, competencies, and skills an earner acquired through their respective learning experiences.
Digital badges can be offered for credit or non-credit; and are applicable to undergraduates, graduates, non-traditional students, and working professionals. They can be useful in attracting new students to certificate or degree programs, improving technical skills, promoting workforce development, and facilitating career advancement. Digital badges are an exciting and innovative trend in higher education and professional development that offer practical applications to a diverse population of learners.
Please note: New digital badges are to be offered in pilot mode for a period of up to three academic years. Ongoing assessment of digital badges is conducted as part of a periodic review of the academic program/unit with which they are associated.
If you’d like to discuss various components of digital badging such as metadata, market analysis, financial models, or best practices, please contact Eric Vorkoeper, Online Education Manager.
Complete the “Digital Badge Proposal Form”. Please ensure that your proposal form has been signed by your supervisor, section head, and other applicable parties. If the digital badge is interdisciplinary or developed with a third party, an MOU should be established and submitted with your proposal.
Submit your “Digital Badge Proposal Form” to UMOnline. Proposal forms are submitted through the digital platform Submittable. You will need your NET ID and login information in order to access the Submittable site. After you upload your “Digital Badge Proposal Form” you will then be prompted to enter your meta-data information that will be embedded in your digital badge.
Once your proposal has been received you will be contacted by a UMOnline administrator regarding next steps.