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What is digital badging?
We are committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals and we understand that communicating your credentials in an ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging. That is why Virginia Commonwealth University has partnered with Credly to provide you with a digital version of your credentials. Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. This digital image contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them.
Benefits of digital badges
- A web-enabled version of your achievements that can be shared online
- A more efficient way of posting your skills to social media platforms
- Access to labor market insights that relate your skills to jobs in Virginia or elsewhere
- A trusted method for real-time training verification
Q: What is an open badge?
A: Open badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification or learning outcome which are shareable and can be verified in real-time, online.
Q: How does my certification get displayed as a badge?
A: We have partnered with Credly to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a badge, issued and managed through the company’s badging platform.
Read more about the badge displayThe technology Credly uses on its platform is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally.
Q: Who is Credly?
A: Credly is the end-to-end solution for issuing and managing digital credentials. Credly works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.
Q: What are the benefits of a badge?
A: Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time.
Read more about badge benefits
Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of. Credly also offers labor market insights, based on your skills. You can search and apply for job opportunities right through the platform.
Q: How do I register to earn a badge included in the VCU Badge Collections?
A: When viewing the badge page, click on the link beneath the badge description titled, "Learn more," which will open a program page with information related to the badged course or event.
Q: How will I know if I’ve earned a badge?
A: You will receive an email notification from Credly (email@example.com) with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.
Q: What if I don’t want my badge to be public?
A: You can easily configure your privacy settings in the Credly platform. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.
Q: Is there a fee to use Credly?
A: No. This is a service we provide to you, at no cost.
Q: What’s to keep someone else from copying my badge and using it?
A: While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Credly platform.
Read more about badge securityThis link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.
Q: Where and how can I share my badge through Credly?
A: You can share your badge directly from the platform to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website or in your email signature.
Q: What are labor market insights and how can I access them through Credly?
A: Labor market insights are pulled from live job requisitions. Based on your skills you can learn which employers are hiring, what job titles you might be qualified for, salary ranges and more.
Read more about labor market insightsSearch active job listings and even apply for them with just a few clicks through the platform. Access the labor market insights from your badge details page by clicking on Related Jobs, or by clicking on the skill tags assigned to your badge.
Q: Can I export badges issued through Credly to other badge-storing platforms?
A: Yes, you can download your badge from the Share Badge page.
Read more about badge exportingYour downloaded badge contains Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) compliant metadata embedded into the image. This allows you to store your badge on other OBI-compliant badge sites, such as the Mozilla backpack.
Q: Can I import badges issued from other platforms into Credly?
A: Not at this time.
Q: I have a question about the platform. Where can I find support?
A: You can find answers to frequently asked questions here: support.credly.com/hc/en-us
For questions about earning or offering digital badges, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org