Micro-Credentialing: Digital Badges in Faculty Professional Development

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University of Calgary
Many instructors in higher education rely on non-credit professional development opportunities to enhance their teaching practice. Using digital badges as a form of micro-credentialing is one way that faculty and graduate students can plan, document, and share their non-credit learning and accomplishments. Micro-credentialing has the potential to allow people to set flexible and personalized learning goals, defining what professional learning opportunities are meaningful to them. This paper introduces digital badges and micro-credentialing, describes a platform for issuing and displaying badges, and introduces a pilot study on the impact of a digital badges program.
Badges, Micro-credentialing, Professional development
Yu, L., Dyjur, P., Miltenburg, J., & Saito, K. "Micro-Credentialing: Digital Badges in Faculty Professional Development". 2015. In Preciado Babb, P., Takeuchi, M., & Lock, J. (Eds.). Proceedings of the IDEAS: Designing Responsive Pedagogy Conference, pp. 82-89. Calgary, Canada: Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.