Launch of digital badges initiative at UCC
The Office of Vice-President for Teaching & Learning is pleased to announce the launch of digital badges at UCC. Digital Badges are micro-credentials awarded in recognition of extra-curricular skills.
Over the past year, through the Office of Vice President for Teaching and Learning, UCC has been engaged locally, regionally and nationally in designing, developing and delivering innovative digital badge pilot projects. These pilots have demonstrated the opportunity and operational feasibility of Digital Badges. With several existing digital badges in operation and a number pending development, this highlights the demand for digital badges within the University.
The delivery of digital badges directly addresses the university’s strategic goal of ‘Delivering research inspired teaching and learning with a world class student experience’. Micro-credentials, or digital badges, are being offered in most of the world’s top ranked universities as students increasingly seek recognition for non-accredited extra-curricular contributions made during their studies. The badges refer directly to the university’s seven essential values of Creativity, Responsiveness, Transparency, Scholarship, Freedom of Expression, Integrity, Equality, Diversity and Respect. These badges can be issued to UCC staff and students.
The high-level strategic approach is to create the right conditions and an enabling environment that can realise the long-term opportunity for digital badges within the University. The Digital Badge Sub Committee (DBSC) will be responsible to the Academic Development and Standards Committee (ADSC) for the oversight, development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the issuing of digital badges by UCC as well as the assurance of quality, standards and compliance with relevant data protection legislation working to best practice in Information Management (IM) and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).
To launch the initiative, the Office of the Vice President for Teaching and Learning held an event in the Creative Zone of the Boole Library on January 19th. Professor John O’Halloran, opened proceedings. Other speakers on the day included, Professor Paul McSweeney - Chair of the DBSC, Tom O’ Mara – Online Project Manager, Peter Finnegan – Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad, Mary McNulty – Deputy Head of Careers Services and Student Union Welfare Officer, Kelly Coyle.
Further information on how to apply for a badge, can be found at: www.ucc.ie/en/teachlearn/projects/digitalbadges.