Digital Badges

*** Digital Badge Applications are now being accepted. Closing deadline is September, 20th 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 October, 21st 2019.

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. I've earned a digital badge, how do I retrieve it?

  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. I've earned a digital badge, how do I retrieve this?

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.

Example of Digital Badge

Example of Digital Badge

 

Awarded Digital Badges

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No.CategoryAwarding BodyDigital Badge Title
Scholarship Ionad na Gaeilge Labhartha Gairmí le Gaeilge (Professional with the Irish Langauge)
Scholarship Dept. of Radiography Adult IV Cannulation and Administration Course
3 Scholarship  School of English  American Conference of Irish Studies - Annual Meeting 2018 
4 Scholarship OVPLT University Wide Module in Sustainability 2018
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
10 Scholarship  Skills Centre SPEAK Programme 2018
11 Scholarship Quality Enhancement Unit UCC Quality Peer Reviewer
12  Citizenship Centre for Global Development Digital Badge in Citizenship for Global Development
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
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
18 Citizenship Careers Services  UCC Works Award - Internship Pathway, Volunteering Pathway, Student Life Pathway 2018
19 Citizenship Careers Services  UCC Works Award - Student Life Pathway 2019
20 Citizenship Careers Services  UCC Works Award - Student Life Pathway 2018
21 Citizenship Careers Services  UCC Works Award - Volunteering Pathway 2019
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
25 Citizenship Careers Services UCC Works Award - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Pathway 2018
26 Citizenship Careers Services UCC Works Award - Internship Pathway 2019
27 Citizenship Careers Services UCC Works Award - Internship Pathway 2018
28  Citizenship School of Law Bystander Intervention
29 Citizenship School of Law LW1113 Bystander Intervention
30  Enterprise / Entrepreneurship FITU Food Safety and Quality Audits
31  Enterprise / Entrepreneurship FITU & Skillnet Ireland Food Process Engineering Principles
32 Enterprise / Entrepreneurship FITU & Skillnet Ireland Specialty / Artisan Food Marketing
33 Enterprise / Entrepreneurship FITU Project Management for the Agri Food Sector
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
46  Technology & Learning Academic Secretariat UniGov - Governance in Palestinian Higher Education
47  Technology & Learning School of Education Cooperating Teacher Reflective Development Award
48  Technology & Learning School of Applied Social Studies Social Practice Teacher
49 Technology & Learning IT Services Office365 Fundamentals
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
54  Research & Innovation Office of the VP for Research and Innovation  Digital Badge in Responsible Conduct of Research 
55 Sport OVPLT TEL Tasters Using Video
56 Sport OVPLT Quercus Talented Students’ Programme Sports’ Scholar, 2016
57 Sport OVPLT Quercus Talented Students’ Programme Sports’ Scholar, 2015
58 Sport OVPLT Quercus Talented Students’ Programme Sports’ Scholar, 2014
59  Staff Wellbeing & Development Human Resources Health & Wellness in UCC
60  Staff Wellbeing & Development Human Resources The UCC First Steps into Management Digital Badge
61  Staff Wellbeing & Development Human Resources The Successful Team Leader
62  Staff Wellbeing & Development Human Resources The Effective Employee
63  Student Wellbeing & Development Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Everyday Matters - 'Healthy Habits for University Life' 
64  Digital Wellbeing Centre for Digital Education, OVPLT uOnline Seminar

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