Micro-Credentials and Digital Badges

Professional Development at the University of Maine now offers digital badges and micro-credentials

What is a digital badge?

University of Southern Maine Badge blue and whiteBadges tell a story. Each is embedded with data that verifies a learner’s skills and achievements in a particular course or pathway and can be shared on social media, websites and in email signatures!

What is a micro-credential?

A micro-credential is a verified credential earned when learners demonstrate what they know and are able to perform related to a specific subject. They show learners’ understanding through evidence and application.

Micro-credentials consist of stacked digital badges that offer learners a way to highlight the skills and competencies critical to success.

Why are micro-credentials important?

  • Demonstrate skills in real-world settings
  • Stand out to employers
  • Verify competencies, beyond your transcript and resume, improving marketability
  • Discoverable when shared
  • Articulate one’s skill during interviews

Learn more about more badges offered through the University of Maine System.

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86% of hiring managers indicate that it is “very important” that recent applicants demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings and only 39% think recent applicants are well-prepared to apply skills in real-world settings.*

*Hart Research Associates. Fulfilling the American Dream: Liberal Education and the Future of Work (Washington, D.C.: AAC&U, 2018)

How can I earn a micro-credential through the UMaine Hutchinson Center?

We’re so glad you asked! Check out our vast portfolio of upcoming professional development and continuing education programs. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Inquire about a custom program or contact us with your idea.

 

Who issues the micro-credentials/badges?

After successful completion of a micro-credentialed program through the Hutchinson Center, you’ll get an email from Badgr, our micro-credential/badging platform. For any questions about micro-credentials and badging please reach out to Michelle Patten, um.fhc.pd@maine.edu or 207.338.8002.

 

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