Earn Digital Badges with ITSO
Make your skills visible and verifiable
What is a Digital Badge?
About Digital Badges
A digital badge (a type of micro-credential) recognizes an individual’s ongoing community engagement, professional development, and other important accomplishments. In recent years badges has grown in popularity in higher education and is being used by many institutions to document student learning as well as faculty/staff professional development.
To that end, the Instructional Technology Support Office has created the ITSO Badging Program. Individuals who meet established criteria can earn digital badges in recognition of their engagement with our offerings and initiatives. We are using Credly's Acclaim platform, a leader in verifying, sharing, and managing digital badges and credentials.
Why are digital badges being offered for ITSO's professional development? What’s in it for me?
You are doing amazing things. So many of you are actively engaged in significant learning experiences and innovating your teaching and work through the use of technology. And we want to help (digitally) recognize, validate, and share these efforts. Digital badges simplify the process of keeping track of professional development activities. Instead of maintaining paper files of letters and certificates, you can supply a link to your digital badges.
We designed this professional development program to encompass the technology training that ITSO currently provides, including online teacher preparation. We encourage interested faculty and staff to explore the available on-demand learning opportunities that will be more visible and accessible on your schedule. Lastly, the communication among faculty/staff regarding digital badges has the potential to facilitate digital networking and create communities of learning and engagement.
The ITSO Badging Program is currently being designed with four achievement levels for Online Teaching (other tracks to come in the future).
- Level 1 attainment indicates an instructor’s interest in creating a quality online course.
- Level 2 attainment demonstrates an instructor’s ability to use Laulima to build an online course. Level 2 attainment is also the equivalent to completing Phase 1 (6-week online class) of the former Online Course Development Program (OCDP).
- Level 3 attainment (in development) demonstrates an instructor’s ability to facilitate and teach online.
- Level 4 attainment (in development) demonstrates an instructor’s commitment to professional development and improving distance education at Hawai‘i CC.
How do I earn a badge?
All faculty, lecturers, and staff are eligible to participate in this badging progam. The requirements for every badge are different, but in general there are two fundamental steps:
- Participate in a learning module offered by ITSO.
- Submit evidence that demonstrates mastery/usage of the new skill learned/knowledge acquired.
Once awarded, Credly's Acclaim system will send you an email with instructions on how to accept the badge. The instructions include information about creating an account with Acclaim. Once accepted, the badge will be publicly available on your profile. Acclaim 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's Acclaim system makes it easy for you to share badges with others and post them to personal websites or social media platforms such as LinkedIn. Want to lean more about posting your badges on Linkedin?
How Do I Get Started?
Where can I learn more about digital badges in higher education?
- Diaz, V. & S. Smith. (2014). Educause 7 things you should know about badging for professional development. Educause.
Dyjur, P. & Lindstrom, G (2017). Perceptions and Uses of Digital Badges for Professional Learning Development in Higher Education. Tech Trends, July 2017. (CC-BY 4.0)
- Fain, P. (2016). Digital, verified, and less open: more colleges are issuing digital badges to help their students display skills to employers or graduate programs, and colleges are tapping vendor platforms to create a verified form of the alternative credentials. Inside Higher Ed, August 9, 2016.
- Finkelstein, J., E. Knight, and S. Manning. (2013). The potential and value of using digital badges for adult learners. American Institutes for Research.
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