Micro-Credentials and Digital Badges
MSU Denver academic departments and other university units may create, design, and award micro-credentials, signified by digital badges, which are associated with MSU Denver. These may be awarded to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other community partners for either the completion of specific experiences or achievements, or for the demonstration of specific competencies. These achievements and competencies can be associated with the completion of academic activities, campus activities, or initiatives. Digital badges will be awarded via an electronic platform and can be incorporated into a student’s professional online presence and e-portfolio, such as LinkedIn.
University Micro-Credentials and Digital Badges can include academic components, but the badge itself does not produce academic credit and is not transcripted.
Badge Proposal Requirements
- A designated micro-credential program manager, identified either by position or department
- A description of the purpose and scope of the credential (including required courses, or parts of courses, with academic credit).
- A list of measurable outcomes (competencies, skills, experiences or knowledge) or achievements associated with the credential.
- A list of artifacts that must be submitted by the individual pursuing the micro-credential in order to demonstrate mastery of the articulated outcomes and the realization of the credential, and a description of the mechanism for creating and submitting the artifacts. For example, a project completed for a class associated with the micro-credential, a written reflection on an experience or achievement, or observation of an oral presentation.
- A description of how artifacts will be assessed in alignment with the articulated outcomes, or an evaluation tool such as a rubric.
- A letter of support from the administrator or office committing resources to ensure the success of the program. For example, proposals from academic departments should include letters of support from their dean or the dean’s designee, while proposals from non-academic departments should include letters of support from the appropriate head of that unit.
- (This does not apply to micro-credentials without academic credit where all the competencies are assessed in noncredit courses through Innovative and Lifelong Learning.)