By: Sarah Burrows, Ed.D., Providence College
Many colleges and Universities are launching professional Badging programs and Gen-Z students love it! The program structures vary according to what area of a college the program manages it- but some common features include:
- Based on NACE Career Readiness competencies
- Earned Badges are posted to LinkedIn or Handshake profiles
- Levels of mastery are available – such as Master, Advanced, or Developing
- Academic achievements may be aligned with a competency badge- to further integrate academic accomplishments with Career Development
A successful Badging program requires methodical planning, buy-in from several stakeholders across the campus, an effective marketing campaign, dedicated staffing, and relevance to employers and students. If a Badging program is too self-referential, (i.e. only makes sense to those within the community) – it may not resonate with employers and will likely fizzle out.
There are several options for the creation of the badges, many available through a learning management system such as Canvas or Blackboard, or a portfolio platform such as Portfolium and Digication. If you are not creating and running the badging program through a LMS- you can learn more about open badging programs by reviewing these sites:
- Madison College
- Michigan State University
- Seton Hall University
Some higher education programs that are well developed are:
I believe that a Professional Badging program adds levels of depth and breadth to career development opportunities as well as generating student excitement and engagement.
AUTHOR: Sarah Burrows, Ed.D. is the Senior Associate Director for the Center for Career Education & Professional Development at Providence College.Tags: badging, Best Practices, co-ops, Internship
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