Digital Badges for Non-Credit Workforce Development
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  • 1. Lesley Voigt Program Director for Badge Initiative Madison College lvoigt@madisoncollege.edu (608) 616-1044 Digital Badges for Workforce Development: A Case Study at Madison College Kathleen Radionoff Dean of Continuing Education Madison College kradionoff@madisoncollege.edu (608) 258-2309
  • 2. Overview  Role of noncredit in workforce development  Why Badges?  Implementation of Badges at Madison College  Lessons Learned/Recommendations
  • 3. Lessons Learned from Continuing Education and Why it Matters  Online programs were first tested in continuing education at many schools.  Continuing education programs have been serving adult and non-traditional learners long before they became the majority of higher education students.  The financial model for continuing education forced these programs to be self-sustaining and market-driven well before the current budget/tuition crisis hit the rest of higher education. (Hampton, 2014 http://higheredmanagement.net/2014/01/25/the-rise-of-alternatives-to-university- continuing-education-part-1 )
  • 4. Why Badges?  Assessment of noncredit learning outcomes  Employer needs  Noncredit to credit pathway  Programming shift  Competition
  • 5. Implementation of Badges at Madison College  Improved learner outcomes through assessment  Linked to certification, educational, & professional standards  Technology sourcing
  • 6. 2012-13 Badge Pilot  Program selection  Criteria  Designing the Badges  Individual topics  Master badges  Program completion
  • 7. Outcomes  Standardize non-credit classes  Guarantee skills/knowledge learned  Credit programs will allow credit transfers of badged classes  Business/Industry will ask to see “proof” of resume claims
  • 8. 1st badge in the series to earn the Food Service Management 1 course completion badge. (This image is what the issuer would see.)
  • 9. The email that the student receives upon earning a badge
  • 10. Within the Acclaim system, what the student sees upon clicking “view this and your other accepted badges” from the previous email
  • 11. Student badge detailed information, also how a student would share their badge(s)
  • 12. Sharing Badges Earned
  • 13. Completing the Circle Develop Business Plan Create Badges Issue/Earn Badges Share Badges Reporting & Accountability
  • 14. Lessons Learned/Recommendations  Develop your badge instructional strategy  What is your badge business model  Resources  Faculty buy-in  Employer buy-in  Scaling up your badge program
  • 15. Market strategies for badge roll-out
  • 16. Our Future  All professional development classes/programs will be badged  Badges will be offering to employers who use customized training from our unit  Create specialized badged classes for business/industry  Continue to inform/educate/market to employers