Badging serves a purpose in higher education faculty development by allowing faculty to earn peer and university leadership awareness of professional development activity
- To connect peers
- To track accomplishments
- Tenure promotion and merit
- Contributing/adjunct faculty
- To recognize skills leaders
- Leaderboard can function as a “GoTo” resource
- To organize faculty development plan
- Roadpmap and vision
- Badges for students – primary focus (Built-in achievements in Blackboard)
- Badges for faculty development focus
- Rank and promotion
- University and community service
- Mentoring and peer review
- External profession development
- Internal faculty development sessions
Starting the Initiative
“We’re adults, we don’t need badges”
- Climate can be a challenge, or are faculty on board?
- Purpose is to make it meaningful
- Attach it to high priority themes at the institution (online initiative or hybrid courses skills)
- The network value of the badge is also important
- Tied to tenure and promotion, merit, advancement is helpful but it may not be for all faculty
Badging Map: Timeline Approach and Building Blocks Approach and Theme Organization
- Creating a map for new faculty, associate professor, or full professor is helpful along with using a baseline process to provide a “foundation”.
Using Badging Models
- Tracking development
- Key to connect to university and personal learning goals
- Recognize expertise among us
- Provide options for display such as email, linkedin, profiles, newsletters
- Make purposeful, timely
- Provide equal opportunity to earn badges
- Badge across topics and specialties
- Avoid bean counting, leaderboards for the sake of leaderboards
- Building community through badges is important
- Connect the badge initiative to a theme such as “Online Learning” or “Outcome-based Education”
- Connect microcredentials with specific outcomes/badges or to a certification
- Recognize different outcomes, levels
- Start small with beginning badges all the way to expert
- Connect badges toward rank and promotion
- Centralized system can help with tracking and monitoring and serve as evidence for accreditation and compliance
- More onus on directors to demonstrate that development efforts are moving the company forward
- Zero in on improved student learning outcomes, higher faculty satisfaction, increased mentor opportunities, and increased opportunities for rand and promotion.
- These provide the underlying technology infrastructure and there are many options:
- Jive – This system has a “gaming” feel. Ashford University, The Quad is an example.
- Credly – This system is rising in popularity in academics. Free badge design and adding metadata, and you can share to Mozilla Backpack.
- Openbadges – Pioneer in the space, substantial following
- Fidelis Education – Full badging and coaching system
- Can you import badges from external constituencies and can you export to the Mozilla Backpack?