The Bucks County Community College Digital Badge Initiative
A digital badge consists of a graphic and metadata. The graphic represents the title of the badge and the organization issuing the badge. The metadata includes the title, a description of the badge, the criteria for earning the badge and any other information to communicate the value of the badge. The badge documents accomplishments, skills, competencies, and credentials of the badge earner.
The Validity of Digital Badges
Digital badges earned by students are created and verified by Bucks County Community College via one of the following departments: Academic Affairs, Center for Workforce Development, Continuing Education, Department of Public Safety Training and Certification, and IT Academy. Employees receive badges issued by the Center for Personal and Professional Development. Badge criteria may be determined by local employers, national certification and/or accrediting agencies, occupational advisory boards of the College, the Academic Affairs team, transfer intuitions and/or representatives from the College’s Human Resources department.
Earning, Claiming, and Sharing Digital Badges
Students or employees earn digital badges upon successful completion of the digital badge criteria. View available badges and their criteria at bucks.credly.com/enterprise
Once a student or employee earns a badge, the badge is emailed to earner's Bucks County Community College email address or email address on record with the College. In the email, the badge earner claims the badge and creates an account with Credly at bucks.credly.com/enterprise
Earners share digital badges on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Earners can also download and print a certificate version of their badge. Each earner has a unique digital badge page. The page can be shared on a resume, cover letter or other correspondence with potential employers.
Further information on earning, claiming and sharing digital badges can be found at bucks.libguides.com/HelpDeskStudents/digitalbadge
Digital badges capture and communicate an accomplishment of some kind. Sometimes referred to as micro-credentials, digital badging provides a framework in which to document knowledge, skills, and competencies gained through various learning and professional development opportunities.
A digital badge has four basic elements:
- Icon designed to convey basic information about the badge achievement, eg. name, date, issuing organization (GVSU), and relative level of accomplishment (bronze, silver, gold)
- Metadata embedded in the badge that contains detailed information about who issued the badge, what the criteria were for earning it when it was earned, keyword tags, evidence, and any other relevant information to convey the value of the certification.
- A Trusted Issuer - the FacultyBadges@GVSU Initiative includes a robust process for the approval and issuance of the badge. Our issuing process ensures integrity, value of the badges, and coordination across the university.
- Display Platform that allows badges to be viewed, verified and managed; the FacultyBadges@GVSU program will issue digital badges via Credly that can then be shared via departmental profile pages, personal blogs, social networking platforms, or digital portfolios.