The UND Digital Badging & Microcredentialing Initiative showcases our Leaders in Action.
What are Digital Badges?
A digital badge is a highly portable, transferable, visible symbol representing a talent, skill, accomplishment, or achievement. Rather than focusing on a specialization in a certificate or degree program, digital badges, or microcredentials, demonstrate range. They are much shorter in duration, and they are free. You can earn a badge for any workshop provided by UND’s TTaDA, and other UND departments have their own badges. If there isn’t already a badge for your achievement, just ask! We can create one for you!
The UND Digital Badging & Microcredentialing Initiative allows evidence-submitted badges, which can be created for an individual staff, faculty, or student to recognize their own unique achievement. To discuss evidence-submitted badges, contact TTaDA for more information.
Why Use Digital Badges?
Digital badges communicate to others competencies, achievements, and skills that you have earned or achieved. As a digital credential, they can be shared in a variety of social media platforms including LinkedIn which is the most popular.
At UND, digital badging has been adopted to meet a variety of needs:
- Help students better understand the learning outcomes and skill sets they gain through course work, work study, programs, and/or co-curricular activities
- Assist departments in their creating and achieving their programmatic goals
- Foster lifelong learning among UND faculty, staff, and students
- Promote range as well as specialization in career development
- Demonstrate achievements to internal leadership during performance reviews
- Showcase UND pride and strengths to external stakeholders with UND branded badges
Accessing Your Badges
To view your badges on Credly from UND and other organizations, enter your UND credentials (SSO) here:
If you are a sponsor or a validator, issue previously created badges in the Credly system using the following link:
Badge Levels & Descriptions
The Teaching Transformation and Development Academy (TTaDA) will be issuing most badges within the following three levels: Participation, Application, Sharing.
Level One: Foundation
Gaining learning outcomes by participating in a professional development event. Examples include attending a session, workshop, forum, symposium, or conference.
Level Two: Intermediate
Applying the learning outcomes during a participation event. Examples include a poster presentation, a peer mentoring session, or a group discussion facilitation that conveys to others the original content gained during the foundational level in the series.
Level Three: Advanced
Creating and sharing an original piece of content or a participation exercise that demonstrates completion of a series and mastery or expertise of the topic and contributes to the professional development and growth of the participants.
Examples include writing and presenting an original paper at a conference, creating and posting original video content, and creating and facilitating their own workshop with new learning objectives by further developing the skills and learning of the series.
No matter where you are in your journey, the UND Digital Badging & Microcredentialing Initiative helps you put your best badge forward. Please visit the TTaDA Workshop Calendar to see which sessions might help you develop yourself as a lifelong learner. Every session offered through TTaDA is eligible for a badge.
If you want to create a badge to showcase a UND-related achievement, contact us! We can make one for you! If you want to propose a new badge, badge series, or microcredential, please fill out this proposal form.
For questions regarding the UND Digital Badging & Microcredentialing Initiative, please contact Jenny Reichart.