Digital Badges

*** Digital Badge Applications are now being accepted. Closing deadline is November, 8th 2019.***

Please note: before submitting, applicants must meet or discuss their applcation in full with a member of the CDE. To book an appointment please click on this link.

The next call for proposals will be January, 13th 2020.

Since 2016, through the Office of Vice President for Learning and Teaching, 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 many 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 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 Learning and Teaching held an event in the Creative Zone of the Boole Library on January 19th 2018. 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.

To view the event online, please click here.

How do I apply?

There are four areas of quality assurance across which every UCC Digital Badge must meet agreed criteria in their design and delivery:

                                                                     Digital Badges - Quality Assurance Standards

Full list of Criteria to meet Quality Assurance Standards.

Stage Gate Approvals Process

There are two stage gate approvals for the development and delivery of UCC Digital Badges.

Stage Gate 1 – Badge Development

The first stage gate ensures that the design and planned delivery for the digital badge meets the required standard. Proposals for a new digital badge should be submitted as a proposal for review to the DBSC using the standard form Badge Development Plan. This form ensures that potential Badge Issuers consider and respond to all standards at the early planning stage. A Scored Assessment will be used by the DBSC based on the Quality Assurance Standards and associated criteria for assessment to approve progression to the development and delivery of the badge content and activity.

Digital Badge Application Form_Word Document

Stage Gate 2 – Validate Earners

The second stage gate assures that the badge has been delivered in line with the approved plan and that badge earners have met the required criteria. At this stage, the Badge Issuer and Contact sign off on delivery and request approval for the digital administration to issue badges to validated earners using the standard Validated Earners FormThe DBSC formally approve validated earners before recipients will receive their badges.

All major/minor changes to the badge are to be outlined in the Proposal for Amendment to Digital Badge Development Plan form and submitted to DBSC for approval. 

An Annual Report is to be provided to DBSC, documenting the impact of the badge.

Visual of Digital Badge Application Process

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What information should I include in the Badge Description?

2. What information should I include in the Badge Criteria?

3. What is meant by 'Duration'?

4. What is considered 15 - 20 hours learners effort?

5. Our college / department / centre, would like to issue several badges. Do I need to submit an application for each?

6. Is it important for the badge to be endorsed?

7. Is it important to specify the target earners?

8. Is it possible to have badges that link in with one another to create a learner pathway?

9. I’d like to issue a badge(s) for campus wide distribution. Can I meet the DBSC to discuss?

10. Is there an online forum where I can track participates application progress or upload documentation?

11. What types of assessment can participates undertake to qualify for a badge?

12. What is meant by advising and recording requirements for assessment and evidence?

13. What is meant by advising on and collecting personal data for internal records and digital administration?

14. How do I retrieve my digital badge?

15. What is the value of a digital badge?

  1. What information should I include in the badge description?

A short overview of the badge, mentioning its purpose and audience needs to be provided as part of the meta-data for the badges digital administration and published information associated with the badge. This cannot be changed once the badge is created and is an important to external viewers wanting to verify a validated badge.

 2. What information should I include in the Badge Criteria?

Each badge will recognise accomplishment by identifying two criteria that the earner must meet but you can submit up to four. Badge criteria are similar to and should be described in language similar to learning outcomes i.e. statements that specify what learners will know or be able to do as a result of participating in the badge content and activity. Bloom's taxonomy provides useful guidance on appropriate verbs for writing learning outcomes. If you require assistance with writing learning outcomes, please contact: digitalbadges@ucc.ie.

 3. What is meant by 'Duration'?

Duration is the length of time you require the badge to exist for. If the badge relates to a particular time-set, event or piece of work that is likely, please take this into consideration when determining the lifespan. Please note: the maximun duration is 5 years.

 4. What is considered 15 - 20 hours learners effort?

While everyone works at a different pace and enters into projects and learning at different points and with different background knowlegde and skills, the Digital Badge SubCommittee would like to know what you estimate would be for a 'typical' badger earner to achieve a badge. 'Learner effort' can include attendance, reading (online or text based), online or in class assessment or participating in an online discussion forum.

 5. Our college / department / centre, would like to issue several badges. Do I need to submit an application for each?

Yes, please submit an application for each badge.

 6. Is it important for the badge to be endorsed?

Yes. If you are collaborating with a number of partners, please list these accordingly.

 7. Is it important to specify the target earners?

Yes, please include the demographic that will be eligible to apply for a badge.

 8. Is it possible to have badges that link in with one another to create a learner pathway?

Levels of badges can be linked with various levels of accomplishments i.e. aligned to competencies. Badges should demonstrate that consideration has been given to potential future badge pathways that support learning trajectories.

 9. I’d like to issue a badge(s) for campus wide distribution. Can I meet the DBSC to discuss?

Yes, the DBSC are open to discussing how badges can be integrated into the wider UCC eco system. To meet the team, please books a session by clicking on this link or email: digitalbadges@ucc.ie.

 10. Is there an online forum where I can track participates application progress or upload documentation?

Not at the moment.

 11. What types of assessment can participates undertake to qualify for a badge?

There are many modes of assessment, for example:

  • submit a reflective log / journal / report, 
  • complete an in class or online assessment,
  • attend a number of workshops,
  • participate in a volunteer programme / peer assessment session / roundtable discussion,
  • create a video presentation / digital profile,
  • present a paper,
  • develop a business plan.

 12. What is meant by advising and recording requirements for assessment and evidence?

You will need to inform participates how and why their assessment data is retained for the purpose of the badge and how that information will be stored. Earner’s information and details must be stored and managed in line with GDPR regulations.

 13. What is meant by advising on and collecting personal data for internal records and digital administration? 

You will need to inform participates on how and why their personal data (i.e. email addresses), will be retained for the duration of the badge and how that information will be stored. Earner’s information and details must be stored and managed in line with GDPR regulations.

 14. How do I retrieve my digital badge?

In the email instructions from the Open Badge Factory, please select Click Here to Collect your Digital Badge. To add the badge to your LinkedIn Profile:

1. Open Badge Passport, from the left menu choose 'My Badges' and then click on the relevant badge. Then copy the URL of the resulting page.
2. Log on to your LinkedIn profile, click Profile > Edit Profile from the top menu
3. Go to the section you want to add the badge to (e.g. Summary or a particular role under the Experience section). There should be a small button with the image of a box and a plus sign to the bottom right corner. Click this, paste in the URL and save.

 15. What is the value of a digital badge?

Earning digital badges is a great way of highlighting your achievements to both national and international employers. It shows to the world the knowledge and skills you demostrated to achieve your badge from a respected, credible source. You can also use digital badges to publicise your accomplishments on social media, on your website and in your email signature.

Visual of What is the Value of a Digital Badge?

Example of Digital Badge

Example of a Digital Badge

Awarded Digital Badges

Office of the VP for Research and Innovation

No.CategoryAwarding BodyDigital Badge TitleContact Information
Scholarship Ionad na Gaeilge Labhartha Gairmí le Gaeilge (Professional with the Irish Langauge) Ciarán Dawson
c.dawson@ucc.ie
Scholarship Dept. of Radiography Adult IV Cannulation and Administration Course

Niamh Moore
niamh.moore@ucc.ie

3 Scholarship  School of English  American Conference of Irish Studies - Annual Meeting 2018  -
4 Scholarship OVPLT University Wide Module in Sustainability 2018

Dr Maria Kirrane
m.kirrane@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the Green Campus Website.

5 Scholarship   OVPLT University Wide Module in Sustainability 2017  -
6 Scholarship  OVPLT Quercus Talented Students’ Programme University Scholar 2016  -
7 Scholarship  OVPLT  Quercus Talented Students’ Programme University Scholar 2015 -
8 Scholarship  OVPLT Quercus Talented Students’ Programme University Scholar 2014 -
9 Scholarship  Skills Centre  SPEAK Programme 2019

Kathy Bradley
kathy.bradley@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the Skills Centre Website.

10 Scholarship  Skills Centre SPEAK Programme 2018 -
11 Scholarship Quality Enhancement Unit UCC Quality Peer Reviewer

Dr Silvia Brandi
sbrandi@ucc.ie

12  Citizenship Centre for Global Development Digital Badge in Citizenship for Global Development  Dr Barbara Doyle
b.doyle@ucc.ie
13  Citizenship School of Clinical Therapies and the Clinical Therapies Society Aphasia Café – Impacting Society by Supporting Adults with Communication Difficulties to Engage in Society in a Café Environment

Dr Helen Kelly
helen.kelly@ucc.ie

14 Citizenship  Student's Union  Beyond The Classroom - Student-Led Life Skills Course
15 Citizenship Careers Services  Quercus Talented Students’ Programme Active Citizenship Scholar 2015 
16 Citizenship  Careers Services   Quercus Talented Students’ Programme Active Citizenship Scholar 2014 
17 Citizenship Careers Services   UCC Works Award - Internship Pathway, Student Life Pathway 2018

Shane Horan
shane.horan@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the Works Award website.

18 Citizenship Careers Services  UCC Works Award - Internship Pathway, Volunteering Pathway, Student Life Pathway 2018

Shane Horan
shane.horan@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the Works Award website.

19 Citizenship Careers Services  UCC Works Award - Student Life Pathway 2019

Shane Horan
shane.horan@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the Works Award website.

20 Citizenship Careers Services  UCC Works Award - Student Life Pathway 2018
21 Citizenship Careers Services  UCC Works Award - Volunteering Pathway 2019

Shane Horan
shane.horan@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the Works Award website.

22 Citizenship Careers Services  UCC Works Award - Volunteering Pathway 2018
23  Citizenship Careers Services  UCC Works Award - Volunteering Pathway, Student Life Pathway 2018
24  Citizenship Careers Services  UCC Works Award - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Pathway 2019

Shane Horan
shane.horan@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the Works Award website.

25 Citizenship Careers Services UCC Works Award - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Pathway 2018
26 Citizenship Careers Services UCC Works Award - Internship Pathway 2019

Shane Horan
shane.horan@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the Works Award website.

27 Citizenship Careers Services UCC Works Award - Internship Pathway 2018
28  Citizenship School of Law Bystander Intervention

Siobhán O'Neill
s.oneill@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the Bystander Intervention website.

29 Citizenship School of Law LW1113 Bystander Intervention
30  Enterprise / Entrepreneurship FITU Food Safety and Quality Audits

Dr Angela Sheehan
a.sheehan@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the FITU website.

31  Enterprise / Entrepreneurship FITU & Skillnet Ireland Food Process Engineering Principles

Dr Mary McCarthy Buckley
m.mcarthybuckley@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the FITU website.

32 Enterprise / Entrepreneurship FITU & Skillnet Ireland Specialty / Artisan Food Marketing

Dr Angela Sheehan
a.sheehan@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the FITU website.

33 Enterprise / Entrepreneurship FITU Project Management for the Agri Food Sector

Dr Amy-Jane Troy
amyjane.troy@ucc.ie

34 Enterprise / Entrepreneurship Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC in association with Coakley Project Services ‘Developing Your Commercial DNA Seminar Series – 2017’  -
35 Enterprise / Entrepreneurship  Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC Seminar Series 1 'Stand Out from the Crowd' - 2016  -
36  Enterprise / Entrepreneurship  Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC Seminar Series 2 'Young Entrepreneur Speaker' - 2016  -
37  Enterprise / Entrepreneurship  Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC Seminar Series 3 'Inside the Mind of an Entrepreneur' - 2016  -
38 Enterprise / Entrepreneurship  IMI / Musgrave Musgrave IMI Graduate Programme 2018 -
39  Enterprise / Entrepreneurship  OVPLT Quercus Talented Students’ Programme Innovation/Entrepreneurship Scholar, 2016
40  Enterprise / Entrepreneurship  OVPLT Quercus Talented Students’ Programme Innovation/Entrepreneurship Scholar, 2015
41 Enterprise / Entrepreneurship  OVPLT Quercus Talented Students’ Programme Innovation/Entrepreneurship Scholar, 2014
42 Creative and Performing Arts OVPLT Quercus Talented Students’ Programme Creative and Performing Arts’ Scholar, 2016 
43 Creative and Performing Arts OVPLT Quercus Talented Students’ Programme Creative and Performing Arts’ Scholar, 2015
44 Creative and Performing Arts OVPLT Quercus Talented Students’ Programme Creative and Performing Arts’ Scholar, 2014
45  Technology & Learning CACSSS  Internationalisation in Higher Education

Dr Armida de la Garza
adelagarza@ucc.ie

46  Technology & Learning Academic Secretariat UniGov - Governance in Palestinian Higher Education

Paul O'Donovan
paulodonovan@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the UniGov Project website.

47  Technology & Learning School of Education Cooperating Teacher Reflective Development Award

Dr Niamh Dennehy / Dr Fiona Chambers
niamh.dennehy@ucc.ie,
f.chambers@ucc.ie

48  Technology & Learning School of Applied Social Studies Social Practice Teacher

Dr Carmel Halton
chalton@ucc.ie

49 Technology & Learning IT Services Office365 Fundamentals

Marian Twomey
marian.twomey@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the IT Services website.

50 Technology & Learning Instructional Design Team, OVPLT TEL Tasters Encouraging Collaboration
51 Technology & Learning Instructional Design Team, OVPLT TEL Tasters Integrating the Internet
52 Technology & Learning Instructional Design Team, OVPLT TEL Tasters Presenting Content
53  Research & Innovation School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences International Interdisciplinary Field-based Team Research

Dr Ruth Ramsay
r.ramsay@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the IFiT website.

54  Research & Innovation Office of the VP for Research and Innovation  Digital Badge in Responsible Conduct of Research

Louise Burgoyne (OVPRI) / Aoife Coffey (Library) / Brendan Palmer (CRF-C)

l.burgoyne@ucc.ie
aoife.coffey@ucc.ie
b.palmer@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the Library website.

55 Sport School of Education Made2Move Mentor (Physical Activity)

Gillian O'Sullivan
gillianosullivan@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the Made2Move webpage.

56 Sport School of Education Made2Move Mentee (Physical Inactivity)

Gillian O'Sullivan
gillianosullivan@ucc.ie 

For more information, go to the Made2Move webpage.

57 Sport OVPLT TEL Tasters Using Video
58 Sport OVPLT Quercus Talented Students’ Programme Sports’ Scholar, 2016
59 Sport OVPLT Quercus Talented Students’ Programme Sports’ Scholar, 2015
60 Sport OVPLT Quercus Talented Students’ Programme Sports’ Scholar, 2014
61 Staff Wellbeing & Development Human Resources Health & Wellness in UCC

Silvia Curran
s.curran@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the Staff WellBeing & Development website.

62 Staff Wellbeing & Development Human Resources The UCC First Steps into Management Digital Badge

traininganddevelopment@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the HR Staff Training Programme webpage.

63 Staff Wellbeing & Development Human Resources The Successful Team Leader

traininganddevelopment@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the HR Staff Training Programme webpage.

64 Staff Wellbeing & Development Human Resources The Effective Employee
traininganddevelopment@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the HR Staff Training Programme webpage.

65 Student Wellbeing & Development Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Everyday Matters - 'Healthy Habits for University Life' 

Eithne Hunt
e.hunt@ucc.ie

For more information, go to the Healthy Habits for University Life webpage.

 

66 Digital Wellbeing Centre for Digital Education, OVPLT uOnline Seminar

Office of the VP for Learning and Teaching

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