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Digital Credentials

About Digital Badges & Micro-Credentials 

The Educational Resources & Innovation division of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) recognizes that learning today happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. But it's often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen outside of a formal professional development or educational setting. Digital badges are useful for many purposes, including helping learners make their informal and formal learning visible - no matter where it occurs.

A digital badge is a visual symbol of accomplishment, but it's also encoded with metadata that contains specifics about what the learner had to do to earn the badge. Badges can be awarded for any definable achievement and earned in many environments for multiple purposes.

Badged learning opportunities and events allow participants to collect digital artifacts (badges) that represent and verify their participation, while also providing access to a more detailed and valuable description of the skills and knowledge gained through participation.

The earner is also able to organize and share their badges by curating "collections" that can be arranged around certain topics. Badges can be embedded into a webpage, shared via email, and/or through social media.

Badges can be awarded for achievements of all kinds, such as:

  • Proficiency, competency, or skill.
  • Interest and engagement.
  • Participation and attendance.
  • Demonstrated knowledge.
  • Program or study completion.
  • Formal certification (degrees, certificates).

SBCTC uses Canvas Credentials to host and award badges. While Canvas Badges is available for free in Canvas, SBCTC purchased a license to the paid version of Canvas Credentials for all Washington Community and Technical Colleges (CTCs). As of June 2023, all CTCs have access to Canvas Credentials.


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We offer a number of accessibility micro-courses to increase awareness and application of effective accessibility practices. After taking the prerequisite courses "Understanding Accessibility" and "Accessible Design Concepts" (which set a context for accessibility) participants are invited to earn other badges which focus on building concrete skills to improve accessibility. Participants can also earn a completion badge by successfully completing a combination of 3 or more skills  badges on the "Accessibility Proponent" pathway.

You can learn more about each badge by clicking their title below. 

Earn 3 of 6 Skills Badges:
Pathway Completion Badge:

Open Educational Resources (OER) 101

Our online OER 101 course is designed for faculty and staff who have never experienced Open Educational Resources (OER) or who are just getting started implementing OER. 

Canvas 101

Our online Canvas 101 course is designed for faculty and staff who have never used the Canvas learning management system or who are just getting started using Canvas. 

Badging Micro-Courses

We offer two micro-courses on digital badging that cover how to earn and share badges, and awarding badges. You can learn more by clicking on the title of the badges below. These course are currently closed for revision.

System faculty and staff can register for any of these courses on our Training Registration page


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