Digital Badging

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Digital Badging

Our digital badge system helps students connect what they are learning in classes to real world practice and provides a window for faculty and employers to view students' experiences, interests, and accomplishments. Students will have ownership of their accomplishments by having their work shared online using digital badges. This system will allow students to easily display the outcome of their work to potential employers and graduate schools. We feel this is an especially powerful approach to enhance the value of a student's degree since it is a demonstration of accomplishments and ability, often not clearly determined through interviews or GRE scores. Allowing students to showcase their work to family members and friends will foster greater support and acknowledgement from individuals whose opinions are most important to students. This is particularly valuable for underrepresented students, who are often the only person in their family or peer group to study engineering.

The Outstanding Team Member badge has been offered to students in the Senior Process Design course. We feel this badge was an important opportunity for students based on: (1) suggestions made by our advisory board; (2) interest expressed by our student focus group; and (3) because teamwork is not well represented on other materials (transcripts, resumes, etc.). This badge will be earned based on a reflective essay and student peer evaluations. Badge earners will be denoted perpetually in digital format on the departmental website, with more detailed information about what the badge certifies.

Current Digital Badges:

Teamwork

This badge has been offered to graduating seniors as a means of demonstrating their proficiency in communication, collaboration, group cooperation, and conflict resolution practices with peers in courses. The Outstanding Teamwork Badge is earned through student application and peer evaluation from fellow students who have worked with the applicant in chemical engineering courses. The badge signifies the student has demonstrated competency in teamwork according to their peers including the ability to complete quality work on time, clear, respectful, and inclusive communication skills, effective conflict resolution, among other skills. In April 2018, 3 students were awarded this badge.

Tentative Digital Badges:

Engineering Identity

  • Level One: This badge is earned in the first course as a way to help students connect their existing identities and assets to chemical engineering.

  • Level Two: This badge is earned in the second chemical engineering course to help students nurture a sense of belonging to the engineering college.

Design Under Constraint

  • Level One and Two: These badges are issued in the first and second chemical engineering courses to help students craft creative solutions whilst meeting specific necessities in solving real world engineering problems.

Gathering Information

  • Level One and Two: These badges are issued in the first chemical engineering course to help students in the process of gathering and evaluating information on a selected focus.

General Safety

  • Level One: This badge is earned in the first chemical engineering course to initiate students’ participation in the safety culture of the CBE department.

  • Level Two: This badge is earned in the second chemical engineering course to help students continued participation in the safety culture of the CBE department.

Academic and Professional Integrity

  • Level One: This badge is earned in the first course as a way to help students connect their existing experiences to the importance of honoring and respecting other people’s work.

  • Level Two: This badge is earned in the Sophomore year as a way to help students understand the importance and reasons for an Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism policy.

  • Level Three: This badge is earned in the Junior year as a way to help students understand the legal implications and consequences of professional dishonesty.

  • Level Four: This badge is earned in the Senior year as a way to help students prepare for and properly respond to future situations of academic and professional dishonesty.

Professional Writing

  • Level One: This badge is earned in the Freshman or Sophomore year as a way to help students understand that people of various experience levels struggle with written communication, and that writing is a process of continuous improvement.

  • Level Two: This badge is earned in the Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year as a way to help students practice technical writing by identifying writing issues and correcting them.

  • Level Three: This badge is earned in the Sophomore or Junior year as a way to help students practice collaborative technical writing and revision.

  • Level Four: This badge is earned in the Junior or Senior year as a way to help students practice technical writing and revision.

Process Safety

  • Level One: This badge is earned in the first course as a way to help students connect their existing knowledge of safety to the importance and complexity of chemical engineering safety.

  • Level Two: This badge is earned in the sophomore year as a way to help students learn how chemical processes are run and their potential safety hazards.