Digital Badging presentation

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: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.

Look for "Digital Badge Eligible" workshops

Digital Badges Offered by the Graduate School

Maroon Digital Badge

Maroon Badge

  • 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).
Gold Digital Badge

Gold Badge

  • 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

Project Management 101

Interested in Project Management? Do you think it is only something used in business? Think again! Many government agencies at the federal level (NASA, EPA, DOE, etc.) and the state level, plus numerous non-profit organizations use Project Management to get things done.

In this workshop, you will learn two of the basic concepts: scheduling and cost estimating. Facilitated by an instructor experienced in government, aerospace and medical device projects, the workshop is open to all graduate and professional students from any discipline interested in getting things done!

To earn a Digital Badge at the Maroon badge, students must attend both workshops and pass a quiz to demonstrate comprehension. To earn a Gold badge, students must attend both workshops and apply principles discussed in the sessions to real life scenarios, after the workshops, to be reviewed by the facilitator.

  • Prerequisites: None. While students should be comfortable working with numerical data, no prior experience in accounting or statistics is needed.
  • When? 
    • Tuesday, January 11, 2022 (10:30 AM - 12 PM CST)
    • Wednesday, January 12, 2022 (10:30 AM - 12 PM CST)

Register for Project Management 101 by December 20, 2021

Virtual Cross-Cultural Leadership Retreat

All graduate/professional students are invited to participate in the Cross-Cultural Leadership Retreat, co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the Graduate School.

This highly interactive, high-energy online retreat is an opportunity for students to develop leadership potential and gain skills needed to work with people from vastly different cultures. A cutting edge intercultural leadership model (Personal Leadership) will be used to develop participants’ cross-cultural skillset needed for professional and personal lives in the 21st century.

To earn a Gold badge, participants must attend both sessions in full and apply leadership principles discussed in the sessions to real life scenarios, after the retreat, to be reviewed by the facilitator.

  • When?
    • Thursday, January 13 (9 AM - 12 PM CST)
    • Friday, January 14, (9 AM - 12 PM CST)

Register for the Virtual Cross-Cultural Leadership Retreat by December, 13, 2021

Teaching Assistant and Postdoc Professional Development Program Badge

The Teaching Assistant and Postdoc Professional Development Program Badge from the Center of Education Innovation (CEI) is evidence that you have invested in teaching-related professional development. Those that complete the program will learn about timely pedagogical topics pertaining to course design, delivery strategies, assessment and assignments, learning sciences, and contemporary issues impacting learners.

Participants will be offered the badge upon completion of the program requirements:

  • Attend 6 one-hour webinars or workshops in each of the following categories: Learning & Learners, Course Design, Delivery Strategies, and Assignments & Assessments in addition to two electives. 
  • Capstone activity: Student Feedback Facilitation and consultation, or a teaching observation with consultation, or a 2-3 page written reflective essay.

Register for the Teaching Assistant Professional Development Program

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. 

Participants will:

  • 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

Register here