Digital Badging

Microcredentialing and Digital Badging at Rutgers

A microcredential is a short, competency-based recognition that enables an educator to document a learner's mastery in a particular area.  Digital Badges are shareable electronic documentation of this learning.  All digital badges are microcredentials, and some microcredentials have digital badges.  Microcredentials and Digital Badging programs break down coursework into smaller componements, and may incorporate co-curricular and extracurricular activity, or may be conducted outside of credit-related learning.  Digital Badges are structured into competencies that may align with the interest of prospective employers and graduate education programs, with verifiable assessments for measuring learning outcomes.  At Rutgers University these opportunities exist and are rapidly expanding across our campuses and state, in our laboratories and libraries, and in our Continuing Education programs. 

Image of Online Learning Skills Digital BadgeAs an example, the Online Learning Skills Digital Badge was introduced in response to the transition to online learning during the pandemic, and enables students to expand on these crucial skills for fully participating in courses offered in an onlline environment.

Background

University Senate Resolution S-1805 Complementary Credentialing and Digital Badges for Rutgers University

Charge to Committee on Digital Badging

Committee on Digital Badging

Digital Badging Process

Guidelines

Credly - Current Digital Badges at Rutgers University

Resources

Academic Organizations/Articles

AACU Civil Engagement VALUE Rubric

UPCEA Hallmarks of Exceence in Credential Innovation

Educause: 7 Things You Should Know About Digital Badges

Are Badges Useful in Education?:  It depnds upon the type of badge and expertise of learner

Benefits and Costs of MOOC-Based Alternative Credentials

General Press Articles

Inside Higher Ed: Who's Completing Microcredentials?

Forbes: The Seven Deadly Sins of Digital Badging in Education

University World News: Micro-credentials Can Stimulate Diversity of Provision