What are Digital Badges and What Can I Do With Them?
Digital Badges are a way to recognize the learning that happens anywhere and share it in the places that matter. Think of the piece of paper that you’ve when you earned a certification, degree, or diploma. You could frame it, hang it on the wall, or include it in your portfolio. Digital Badges are simply a digital form of that paper certificate. It is an electronic representation and recognition for skills and credentials earned, which you can showcase in a variety of settings.
Your Badge is portable, so it can go just about anywhere! You can share your badge through social media platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook, Google, and Twitter) and your Badge becomes part of your public profile in Canvas. You can add it to your blog, e-newsletters, email subject line, website or any marketing materials to distinguish you from your competitors.
Why are Digital Badges important?
Digital Badges are important because they show potential employers, clients, and colleagues how invested you are in your education and your profession. By proudly displaying your Digital Badges, you are letting people know that you have successfully completed the rigorous requirements of a particular course or certification program. Employers and clients will see that you are current and involved in your professional development. Badges cannot be tampered with nor expired certification qualifiers changed unless given by the hosting educational organization.
Why is W.I.T.S. offering Digital Badges?
Digital Badges are becoming increasingly recognized in most industries and professionals. According to the MacArthur Foundation, use of Digital Badges is expanding nationwide, and over the next three years one million K-12 and college students and one million workers will be able to use Digital Badges to advance their academic progress or further their career goals by being able to demonstrate acquired skills and learning. W.I.T.S. has always been a leader and innovator in the fitness industry; and wants to ensure that our students and graduates continue to acquire valuable training and credentials. While Digital Badges are not currently widely known in the fitness industry, W.I.T.S. expects that to change and we will lead that change.
Why is W.I.T.S. offering Digital Badges Only for Specific Courses?
Digital Badges represent the demonstration of competence and skill mastery. Courses that are part of our rigorous certification courses and meet the highest Standard through our International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) will earn Digital Badges. Eventually, all courses will be reviewed and possibly revised to ensure that they are appropriately rigorous and meet the Standard set for Digital Badges.
What Will My Badge Look Like and What Information Will It Include?
How Do I Earn My W.I.T.S. Digital Badges?
Each course will have its own requirements for earning your Badge. All requirements and instructions are included in those course modules.
For more information on Digital Badges, visit http://www.macfound.org/programs/digital-Digital Badges/