Digital Badges

A Digital Badge is a unique and portable digital representation showing successful completion of a competency based skill. Showcasing earned badges via online platforms allows employers to understand the skills mastered in predetermined competencies.

WHAT IS A DIGITAL BADGE?

A digital badge is a unique and portable digital representation showing successful completion of a competency based skill. Showcasing earned badges via online platforms allows employers to understand the skills mastered in predetermined competencies. As individuals complete digital badges, they build an online portfolio, which can supplement a resume and show qualified skills to employers.

How does this benefit learners and employers?

Learners benefit by earning important credentials quicker than traditional professional development or academic programs. The badges provide foundational skills essential to gaining employment opportunities. Digital Badges contain information linked to the individuals skills. For example, a badge might include samples of the individual’s work, serving as a digital portfolio.

Industry Partners benefit by being actively engaged in program creation. Candidates for positions in their organization will have validated competencies rather than relying on a resume and employment application for proof. The just-in-time nature of training programs also means employees earn credentials quicker, and with fewer time constraints typical of traditional academic programs.

How will the badge programs be developed?

Research through use of real-time labor market information, O*Net, and Maine Center for Workforce Research and Information (CWRI) will be analyzed and categorized by top hard and soft skills in each top industry. Industry partners and subject matter experts will validate the knowledge, skills, and abilities before curriculum is designed. Employers will review the final curriculum before implementation and remain a part of the continuous improvement process.

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