Incoming Honors students are equipped with customizable, electronic portfolios that showcase their digital badges and related learning artifacts. Each digital badge corresponds to a curricular, co-curricular, or community-related opportunity and includes the option of attaching evidence to be reviewed and assessed by the Honors Program staff and its instructors. Students can pursue opportunities that match their interests and aspirations and access their Credly profiles to monitor their progress in the Honors Program.
Digital badges are also referred to as "visual credentials" that can be shared via social media and exported into professional portfolios to be reviewed by potential employers. Honors students can develop and leverage their Credly profiles to the extent of their choosing, and many students are exploring innovative ways to integrate their digital badges into pre-professional online presences. View the video below to hear what ISU Honors students are saying about the digital badging initiative.
“What excites me about digital badging is that I can show my future employers I am so much more than a resume and I have so much more to offer…I can [provide] tangible evidence of what I have learned.”
-Mitch Stengel, sophomore communication education major
The construction of the Honors Program digital badging platform paralleled the revitalization and redefinition of its Learning Framework. The timeline below summaries the initiative's milestones.
An infographic created by Sarah Foote,
current Honors Program student
The digital badging landscape is still taking shape and being a pioneer can be daunting. The collection of resources below was helpful in launching the Honors Program badging initiative and could be valuable to other organizations considering digital badging.
Open Web Links
Understanding Digital Badging
How Badging "Works"
Digital Badges & Marketability
Making a Case for Digital Badging
The Movement in Higher Education