Criteria for Badges/Micro-credentials
Badges should consist of a substantial and coherent set of requirements, and represent a specific, focused set of skills or competencies. The requirements can consist of curricular elements, such as completion of specific courses or assignments in courses, and/or co-curricular activities as appropriate. A program requesting a badge must satisfy the following criteria:
- The requirements create a coherent program of coursework and/or co-curricular activities. There is no minimum requirement on the number of credits nor the level of the courses. If completion of a course is used as a requirement it must be completed with a grade of at least C- (1.7 GPA).
- Students must complete and submit a reflection on their experiences and learning related to the badge. This gives students the opportunity to achieve clarity and better understanding of what they have learned. deally, one or more artifacts should accompany the reflection that demonstrate tangible manifestations of the learning outcome: a report, a presentation, an event, a prototype, or other employer-facing evidence of knowledge and skills.
- The badge must have learning outcomes and an assessment plan that expresses the program’s coherence, with appropriate data collection and analysis to assess the success of the program.
Applications for the creation of a badge are made to the Dean for Undergraduate Studies. The application originates in the sponsoring unit and is signed by the unit’s head and the unit’s dean.
The application should address the following:
- What is the proposed name of the badge/micro-credential?
- Describe the specific knowledge and skills the badge is meant to convey.
- Enumerate and describe all requirements.
- List the learning outcomes or knowledge/skills/abilities and the assessment process, including a map connecting the requirements to the learning outcomes.
- What constitutes satisfactory completion of the program requirements?
- What monitoring or final approval process is in place in the academic unit to ensure that the standards are met?
- Who (what position) is responsible for maintaining these standards?
- Who (what position) is responsible for awarding the badge?
Approved and completed badges will be implemented and awarded using the institutional badging platform approved, provided, and supported by the Division of IT.
A badge consists of an image and metadata. To create a new badge, the following metadata must be provided:
- Badge Name: Name of badge
- Badge Description: Public facing badge description
- Badge Competencies: Skills learner demonstrated
For badges created within the University of Maryland, the badge graphic must be created by the Office of Strategic Communications in consultation with the program. Once the framework for the badge has been approved, the Office of Strategic Communications will be contacted to begin the creation of the graphic.