Strategies for Using Badging and Micro-Credentialing in Online Courses

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**This webinar is part of our OLC Innovate 2022 Best-in-Track summer webinar series!**

Badging and micro-credentialing are becoming more prevalent in the professional world, not just in computer science. Digital badges can also be used as an innovative curriculum design model for any course or content area. Badges can be used to identify the skills students have developed in a particular course or program and provide evidence of them to their employers and instructors. Faculty can design their own micro-credential or digital badging projects to support the learning that occurs in their course. As an educator, micro-credentialing is a creative way to acknowledge students’ work as well as provide them with evidence of their skills and competencies. A digital badge can be placed on an e-portfolio for college, employers, and networking, or upgraded to a microcredential so that it can be verified by your institution. 

This best practices session will provide strategies and ideas for how you can get started creating digital badge projects, find tools for designing badges, and how you can have your students display them in their e-portfolios. You will be provided with resources and information about what digital badging is, how it supports gamification, increases motivation, and how it can become a microcredential.

Key Takeaways:

  • Be able to understand the differences between digital badging and micro-credentials. 
  • Discover the benefits of digital badging and micro-credentials.
  • Receive resources to get started on designing a skills-based project for a badge. 
  • Learn about free resources to support badging and e-portfolios. 
  • Understand the value and pride that come with earning and displaying badges. 
  • Develop strategies and skills for using micro-credentials and badging in teaching.

Intended audience: 

  • K-12 Teachers
  • Higher Education Faculty
  • Technology Coaches
  • Instructional Designers
Speaker Bio
Gina Solano

Assistant Professor of Educational Technology – SUNY Oneonta

Dr. Gina Solano is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology. She teaches a variety of courses in educational technology, research, and teaching methods. She teaches both face-to-face and online courses on such topics as technology trends, STEAM, multimedia, online learning, instructional course design, and more. Dr. Solano is avidly involved in service learning and improving teacher technology adoption practices. When not at work, she loves to travel, craft, and cook. She considers herself a teacher, techie, and traveler!