Microcredentialing, Digital Credentials, Digital Badging, and Digital Certificates at Rutgers University
What are Microcredentials, Digital Credentials, Digital Badges, and Digital Certificates?
A Microcredential is a short, competency-based recognition that enables an educator to document a learner's mastery in a particular area. When these are digitally presented to learners, they are known as Digital Credentials. Digital Badges and Digital Certificates (collectively referred to as "Digital Credentials") are shareable electronic documentation of this learning.
All Digital Credentials are Microcredentials, and some Microcredentials have Digital Badges or Digital Certificates to document the accomplished learning.
Microcredential programs break down learning into smaller components, and may incorporate co-curricular and extracurricular activity, or may be conducted outside of credit-related learning. Digital Badges and Digital Certificates are structured into competencies that may align with the interest of prospective employers and graduate education programs, with verifiable assessments for measuring learning outcomes. Digital Certificates are a digital replacement of paper certificates presented to learners at the completion of a certificate program. And similar to Digital Badges, these Digital Certificates enable the learner to share the documentation of their learning on electronic platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and through their email signature block.
At Rutgers University, these opportunities exist and are rapidly expanding across our campuses and state, in our laboratories and libraries, and in our Continuing Education programs.
Why Are Digital Credentials Good for You?
Educators, staff, and administrators across Rutgers should consider the inclusion of Digital Badges and Digital Certificates in expanding their learning and outreach opportunities for the ability of badges and certificates to document a baseline of learning that earners can share with those who recognize the importance of this level of comprehension. The spectrum of possible digital credentials at Rutgers is limitless and bridges the credit/degree, co-curricular, lifelong learning, and workforce development areas across the University.
Approver: Carolyn Moehling
Coordinator: Brian Cañares
Approver: Sarah Allred
Coordinator: Sarah Allred
Please review the Continuing Education Digital Credential Guidelines, prior to submitting your Application.
Approver: Dave Schober
Coordinator: Dave Schober
For programs run through one of the Universitywide administrative offices:
- President of the University
- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
- Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration & Treasurer
- Executive Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement and President of Rutgers University Foundation
- Senior Vice President and General Counsel
- Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
- Senior Vice President for Equity
- Senior Vice President for External Affairs
- Senior Vice President for Human Resources
- Senior Vice President for Research
- Senior Vice President for Strategy
- Secretary of the University
- Board of Governors
- Board of Trustees
- University Senate
- Intercollegiate Athletics
Approver: Gary Gigliotti (Committee)
Coordinator: Dave Schober
Digital Credential Visual Identity
Universitywide templates for digital badges and digital certificates have been created by University Communications and Marketing (UCM) to align with the University’s Visual Identity System. UCM’s templates are simple, clear, and adaptable for use by any Rutgers unit and have also been migrated into the Accredible platform for the creation of digital badges.
The Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies (DoCS) and the Office of Teaching Evaluation and Assessment Research (OTEAR) will provide training and support for the digital badge and digital certificate components and assessment, including workshops and other forms of technical support to assist units as they create new badges and certificates that will be consistent with and worthy of the Rutgers brand.