A digital badge is an interactive icon that signifies an achievement of some kind. The badge consists of two elements: the icon and the metadata.
The icon is designed to convey an achievement and its value through stylistic design elements such as image, color, banner, and shape. Often it will contain information about the organization that issued the badge (for example, an AU logo). This is intended to demonstrate the credibility of the certification and its value.
The metadata is what appears when you click on the badge icon. This pop up window contains detailed information about who issued the badge, what the criteria were for earning it, when it was earned, and any other relevant information to convey the value of the certification.
Our unit offers numerous professional development opportunities to faculty across campus. Digital badges enable us to assess how faculty use the information and ideas they gain at our workshops and programs. While we use feedback surveys and anecdotal evidence to assess satisfaction with our programming, digital badges allow us to incentivize faculty to share what they actually learn and how they apply it in their own classes.
To earn a Biggio Center badge, you have to not only engage with us by participating in an event or program, but also submit evidence (in the form of syllabi, activities, reflections, etc.) of how you applied what you learned to improve your teaching.
Digital badges incentivize participation and implementation of evidence-based practices in teaching and learning. They can be shared on departmental profile pages, social media sites, LinkedIn, and personal websites or ePortfolios. They certify learning in a specific area, provide evidence of your commitment to teaching and learning, and support your own professional development.
If you are a faculty (tenure or NTT) or GTA at Auburn University and participate in a Biggio Center program, you are eligible to earn a badge.
The requirements for every badge are different but in general there are two fundamental steps:
For example, to earn our “EASL Certified” badge, faculty participated in four or more hours of development in active learning pedagogy and submitted a redesigned syllabus, course assignment, or reflection on how they implemented what they learned in one of their classes, the outcome of the implementation, and reflections on how to improve the technique or lesson plan for a future class.
Auburn University badges are administered through the office of Auburn Online. If you would like to create an official AU badge for your program or unit, please contact Auburn Online.
Last modified: June 26, 2019