Digital Badges

The next call for Digital Badge proposals will be in 2020. Date to be announced.

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

Since 2016, UCC has been engaged locally, regionally and nationally in developing and delivering innovative digital badge initiatives. UCC is the first University in Ireland put in place a clear Governance and Operational Policy for immediate use in the development and issue of externally facing, non-credit bearing digital badges. The quality and standard of UCC’s Digital Badges are monitored by the Digital Badge Subcommittee (DBSC) which is overseen by the Academic Development and Standards Committee (ADSC).

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’. Within UCC, a digital badge is a validated micro-credential awarded to earners in an online format. It is a means for the university to recognise non-accredited learning that support the values and attributes the university seeks to foster. A digital badge is awarded by the university once an earner demonstrates competence in pre-agreed learning outcomes. 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 both UCC staff and students and non-UCC personnel.


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 Scoring Rubric 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.

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 Form.

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.

To see a sample application click on the OVPRI's Digital Badge in Responsible Conduct of Research.


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