The first digital badges were awarded at the University's premier education technology conference, Innovate by Tim Rhodus, Professor Horticulture & Crop Science one day after the session, "Creating a Digital Badge System for Your Class" The presenters, Dr. Tim Rhodus and Dr. Richard Voithofer asked all those in attendance to send an email indicating what they felt was an appropriate criteria to earn a badge for attending a conference session. Those who responded were awarded the Credly badge depicted in this story, Designed by Dr. Rhodus the badge reflects the Innovate theme over a sampling of badges awarded by Dr. Rhodus in his ePortfolio class. Badge details and criteria can be viewed by clicking on the badge.
A summary of the presentation is presented below:
Knowing what digital badges are and how they can benefit students, both in and out of the classroom will help create a new community on campus that values innovation and transparency in learning. Attendees will learn how to create and award digital badges, which align with departmental and course learning objectives. Attendees will identify options for expanding access to college‑level badge opportunities for high school and adult learners as a new strategy for engaging a community of lifelong learners.