Micro-credentials and Badges
A micro-credential is a small class, workshop, or program that students can enroll in order to gain relevant skills needed for today’s workforce. A digital badge is the visual representation of having earned a micro-credential and can be shared on various online platforms to showcase the earner’s achievement.
Why enroll in a Micro-credential course?
- Choose what skills you want to develop. Micro-credentials differ from a degree, minor, or certificate program in that you only register for the courses offering the skills you wish to learn.
- Combine several badges into a larger micro-credential program. Enroll in several related badges to earn a larger, overarching micro-credential.
- Share your achievements easily on online platforms to employers and colleagues. Digital badges contain metadata describing your micro-credential and how you earned it. You can share badges on social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter; add to your e-portfolio; embed in a website directly from our badging partner Credly; send in an email; and more.
- Own your education. Badges are owned by you, the earner. You can choose where and how you want to share your digital micro-credentials.
What are Micro-credentials?
Micro-credentials allow earners to showcase skills, competencies, or achievements gained from learning experiences. Micro-credentials can be earned from a variety of learning experiences:
- Curricular: Classes normally taken and/or are degree requirements for a course of study
- Co-Curricular: Classes taken in addition to a traditional course of study
- Experiential: Opportunities where the learning modality is based on observation and experience
What are Digital Badges?
- Digital badges are the visual representation of having earned a micro-credential. Badges demonstrate that a student has obtained a certain level of mastery for a definable skillset or competency/ies.
- Badges are digitally-coded objects containing hyperlinks to: Proof; Achievement description; Earner’s name; Awarding body’s name; Issue date; Expiration Date; and Sponsor information (if applicable). Badges allows students to utilize a platform to “showcase” evidence of their gained competencies. Compared to traditional course assessment components, digital badges provide a more transparent and evidenced-based demonstration of what skills a student acquires and can utilize. Badging additionally allows students to individually display discrete skills that they have obtained, which can set them apart in the professional realm.
What Micro-credentials and Badges does DU offer?
A full listing of available badges is available on DU’s Credly platform.
DU currently has five classifications for badges. See below for their descriptions:
Foundational – Crimson outer ring and light gold inner ring
Foundational badges show that earners have gained the core skills and frameworks necessary to demonstrate competency. Completion of this level signifies the learner has a beginner level mastery of the subject or skills.
Intermediate – Crimson outer ring and gold inner ring
Intermediate badges expand upon the skills earned on the Foundational level and provide further specialization. The criteria to earn these badges is more rigorous. Completion of this level signifies the learner has a professional level mastery of the subject or skills.
Advanced – Crimson outer ring and dark crimson inner ring
Advanced badges represent mastery of the skills contained in the badge. The earner has completed a substantial curriculum to earn this micro-credential. Completion of this level signifies the learner has a specialist level mastery of the subject or skills.
Standalone Badges – Light gold outer ring and crimson inner ring
Standalone badges do not have a level defined or do not require one.
Experiential – Gold ring
Experiential badges are co-curricular and/or experienced-based (i.e. taken outside of a traditional curriculum).
The following departments/schools are offering micro-credentials. Please visit DU's Credly Platform for a full listing of offerings.
How to Earn a Micro-credential
- Step 1: Find a micro-credential
- Step 2: Enroll in your program
- Step 3: Accept your badge through Credly
- Step 4: Showcase your badge
Faculty/Staff Micro-credential Proposal Process
Interested in offering a micro-credential? All badge proposals must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation and approval. Approval forms are available in Courseleaf.
Please note: the proposal system is still under construction.
Please refer to DU’s FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions and the Tutorial – How to Accept DU Badges for a guide on how to accept your micro-credential: