About Digital Badges & Micro-Credentials
The Education Technology and Open Education division of WA SBCTC recognizes that learning today happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. But it's often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen outside of a formal professional development setting or classroom. Digital badges can be used for many purposes including informal and formal learning wherever that occurs.
A badge is a visual symbol of accomplishment. They can be awarded for any definable achievement and earned in many environments for multiple purposes.
Badged learning opportunities and events allow participants to collect digital artifacts (badges) that represent and verify their participation, while also providing access to a more detailed and valuable description of the skills and knowledge gained through participation.
The earner is also able to organize and share their badges by curating "collections" that can be arranged around certain topics. Badges can be embedded into a webpage, shared via email, and/or through social media.
Badges can be awarded for achievements of all kinds, such as:
- proficiency, competency or skill
- interest and engagement
- participation and attendance
- Demonstrated knowledge
- formal certification (degrees, certificates)
Badgr is the badging software that was selected by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to host the badges that SBCTC creates and awards. While Badgr is available for free, SBCTC has provided a license to the paid version of Badgr, Badgr Pro, for all Washington Community and Technical Colleges.
We offer a number of accessibility micro-courses to increase awareness and application of effective accessibility practices. After taking the prerequisite courses "Understanding Accessiblity" and "Accessible Design Concepts" (which set a context for accessibility) participants are invited to earn other badges which focus on building concrete skills to improve accessibility. You can also be deemed an "Accessiblity Proponent" by earning a combination of our skills badges.
You can learn more about each badge by clicking their title below.
- Understanding Accessibility
- Accessible Design Concepts
- Accessibility Skills: Universal Design
- Accessibility Skills: Word 1
- Accessibility Skills: PPT 1
- Accessibility Skills: Canvas
- Accessibility Skills: Email
- Accessibility Skills: PDF
- Accessibility Proponent
Open Educational Resources (OER) 101
Our OER 101 online course is designed for faculty and staff who have never experienced Open Educational Resources (OER) or who are just getting started implementing OER.
This online course is designed for faculty and staff who have never used the Canvas learning management system or who are just getting started using Canvas.
System faculty and staff can register for any of these courses on our Training Registration Page.
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