What is Digital Badging?
Digital badges show evidence of your professional development.
The Graduate School's initiative will provide micro-credentialing opportunities in the form of digital badges.
How do I earn a digital badge?
You can earn badges by participating in specific University workshops and trainings. Important benefits to receiving digital badges for specialized training and experience include:
- Certification: a digital badge shows potential employers that you have up-to-date and relevant skills.
- Validation: a digital badge verifies your participation in a workshop or training on your resume or CV.
- Transparency: future employers can learn key details about the content of the training and experience.
How are digital badges issued?
- The University of Minnesota has partnered with Acclaim by Credly to offer digital badges. Credly is a leading digital credential service provider. Digital credentials are hosted by a third party and are verified, secure, portable, and data-rich representations of demonstrated skills and earned certifications.
As a Credly Verified Issuer, the Graduate School will publicly issue all earned badges via Credly. When you earn a badge you will receive an email notification of your achievement. If you don’t have a Credly account, you will be prompted to create one after you accept and share or post your digital badge.
Digital Badges Offered by the Graduate School
- Attend and participate in one 2-hour workshop, or a series of 90-minute workshops.
- Complete and pass a series of post-workshop assessments, evaluated by the workshop facilitator(s), or
- Write a 500-1000 word reflection paper evaluated by the workshop facilitators(s).
- Attend and participate in one 4-hour workshop, or a series of 90-minute workshops.
- Create an outward-facing presentation, video, or document that demonstrates the skills and knowledge acquired from the workshop, evaluated by workshop facilitator(s).
Current Badge-Eligible Opportunities
GeoSpatial Skills - Storytelling Badge
Use this GeoSpatial Skills Badge from U-Spatial as evidence that you have been trained on introductory skills in web GIS and storytelling using Esri applications. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on activities, participants are introduced to designing and sharing online maps using Esri’s ArcGIS Online software. Topics include preparing data for use, online data sources, map design, spatial analysis, and effective storytelling.
- Build GIS software competency with Esri ArcGIS Online and StoryMaps
- Understand basic GIS tools for finding and managing spatial data resources
- Experience different types of spatial analysis
- Develop skills in visualization of spatial data and create meaningful maps
- Configure a web-based application by combining multimedia elements into a comprehensive story map