You may have run into badges before: at a conference, playing a video game, or even at your home institution. Some libraries have begun using them for summer reading programs, and YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Organization) is developing a system to recognize professional development. Yes, they are fun to collect and share, but they are also a memorable representation of your interests and accomplishments.
Badges acknowledge types of learning and work that aren’t normally recognized in formal, useful ways. Platforms including Mozilla Open Badges and Credly hope that badges will allow students and employees to demonstrate their extracurricular achievements and interests on their online resumes, blogs and social media sites. Badges help self-driven learners find new opportunities and make connections with like-minded people.
Most of your badges will appear immediately in your messages inbox and in the activity stream once you have earned them (i.e. Novice Blogger or Update your MOOC Profile); for others (i.e. Assignment checkpoints and Master badges), you may need to wait for your homeroom leader and the instructors to review your work. Instructor awarded checkpoints and badges should appear in your account early each week following your assignment completion or badge request. If you do not see a badge that you think you should have earned, please private message your homeroom leader. If you would like to see what badges you have earned, select the “Badges” option when you visit your profile.
If you are interested in being awarded your master badges through Credly, in order to be shared or exported to other sites, make sure to fill-in the Credly profile group on your profile. Further information about badge portability can be found on the Credly page of this site.
Small but meaningful accomplishments- “checkpoints”- are celebrated with checkpoint badges. You may already have some under your belt! These badges mark your growing proficiency with the MOOC website’s features, acknowledge your contributions to course discussions, and encourage you to connect with like-minded peers through tribes, friending, and messaging tools.
You will earn Master badges when you arrive at important milestones in your Hyperlinked Library journey. They can be earned by completing all of the checkpoints listed next to their master badge.
Upon successful submission of each assignment, a checkpoint badge will be awarded to you by your homeroom guide. Each of the assignment badges below also count toward the À La Carte checkpoints and badge. A combination of 5 assignment completions, including 5 blog posts, will make you eligible for the SJSU SLIS Certificate. However, if you complete all seven assignments, you are entitled to the Hyperlinked Library Master badge.
Once you’ve created your personal blog on the MOOC site, you will use it to share your thoughts on course modules, assignments, and topics raised in class. See the Blogging page for guidance. You can unlock the “Blogger” master badge by building your blog and writing 10 posts; you will you’ll receive checkpoint badges along the way. You will need to write at least 5 blog posts to fulfill the Hyperlinked Library’s requirements for the SJSU SLIS Certificate. Each of the Blogging checkpoints can be used to earn the À La Carte checkpoints and badge.
We hope that you will engage with the ideas your peers share through their blogs by actively and substantively commenting. You can unlock the “Peer Reviewer” master badge by writing 10 comments on any blog posts; you will receive checkpoint badges along the way. Each of the Peer Review checkpoints can be used to earn the À La Carte checkpoints and badge.
Personal Learning Network
The checkpoints in this category encourage you to use the MOOC site’s tools to create, share, and curate your online presence, and to develop relationships with classmates. Reach 7 checkpoints to earn your master badge. Each of the Peer Review checkpoints can be used to earn the À La Carte checkpoints and badge.
À La Carte
We want to acknowledge your work for the MOOC no matter what path you take toward learning. You will earn credit towards the À La Carte checkpoints and badge when you reach checkpoints in any other category. For instance, if you completed an assignment, reached 2 Peer Review checkpoints and 2 Blogging checkpoints, you will also reach your first À La Carte checkpoint! By completing any 15 checkpoint badges, you will unlock your master badge, and will have demonstrated that you actively participated in learning during the course, even if it is not in the order or way designed by the instructors.