Digital Badges at NDSU

Showcase your skills and accomplishments with a badge.

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About the Badging Program

NDSU is committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals and we understand that communicating your credentials in an ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging. That is why we have partnered with Credly to provide you with a digital version of your credentials. Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. This digital image contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them.

What is a Digital Badge?

A digital badge is a highly visible and portable indicator of a talent, skill or achievement that can be displayed and verified online. These clickable badges contain important metadata that allows anyone viewing the badge to quickly understand the skills the earner possesses. Badges give you a way to display microcredentials in the same way that diplomas represent degrees. Digital badges provide earners with more ways to learn skills that can be applied to their careers or lives, as well as increasing their overall employability.

Read more about badges in Educause Learning Initiative's 7 Things You Should Know About Digital Badges.

How to Access Your Digital Badges

Once a badge has been earned, your badge will be stored on Credley.  Earners will also recieve an email from Credly to log in and claim their badge. After claiming your badge, you will have an opportunity to display them in many various locations including social media, LinkedIn, online portfolios and in email signatures.

Propose a New Badge

The NDSU Digital Badge program is always looking for new and exciting badges to offer to campus and the public. If you have an idea for a new badge, please click on the "Badge Proposal Form" link below and fill out the qualtrics form. After the form has been submitted, our team will review your proposal and work with you to see how we could partner to offer your badge.

Badge Attributes

Every badge is developed to give viewers insights into what the badge earner has achieved. To do this, important metadata is tied to the badge to describe what the earner learned including achievement type, knowledge level, skills tags, time requirements and earning criteria.

Achievement Type
  • Experience - Not measured, unstructured learning (e.g., events, membership, volunteering, hackathons)
  • Learning - Also not measured, but structured learning (e.g., self-led courses, product knowledge, "soft skill" training)
  • Validation - Measured and validated learning (e.g., learning and assessments, portfolio evidence)
  • Certification - Industry recognized, validated achievement (e.g., industry certifications, license, terminal credential)
Mastery Level
  • Foundational (e.g., Beginner, Fundamentals, Level 1)
  • Intermediate (e.g., Professional, Moderate, Level 2)
  • Advanced (e.g., Specialist, Expert, Level 3)
Time Commitment
  • Hours (e.g., 2-hour webinar)
  • Days (e.g., 3-day workshop)
  • Weeks (e.g., 12 hours of content delivered across 2 weeks)
  • Months (e.g., semester-long course)
  • Years (e.g., 2 years of professional experience)
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