What are digital badges?

Digital badges are a validated indicator of a skill, interest, quality or achievement. Cork College of FET – Morrison’s Island Campus will eventually provide badges in the areas of: Entrepreneurship, Volunteering, College Ambassador and Future Planning.

Entrepreneurship and Volunteering (2 badges – Active Volunteering and Fundraising Volunteer) badges will be piloted in September 2019.

What is the purpose of digital badges?

These digital badges are a physical way for earners to exhibit accomplishment in extra-curricular activities and informal learning. They can be displayed in CVs and online profiles (e.g. LinkedIn) and offer added value.

What is in a digital badge?

A digital badge contains meta- data about the earner and the nature of their accomplishment. Each badge may appear the same but when you click on it, the data is unique to each individual earner.

How do I achieve one?

You will learn about what digital badges are available from the college website, your teachers and/or your Course Director.

Having decided to strive for a badge, you will be given instructions on what you must do. Follow those instructions. A single digital badge is designed to reflect approximately 10-20 hours effort by the earner. However active volunteering allows you to earn different levels of attainment This effort must be verifiable by a third party and evidence must be presented to the badge issuer in the college.

How will I be assessed?

Depending on the badge you are working towards, you may be asked to provide a combination of some of the following: Signed Time Sheet, Written reflection, Reference, Recorded oral presentation/ Skills Demonstration, documentation, event footage.

What personal information will be stored?

Cork College of FET – Morrison’s Island Campus engages the services of a 3rd party data processor authorised by Cork College of FET – Morrison’s Island Campus to assist in the administration of the Cork College of FET – Morrison’s Island Campus Digital Badge program. In order to issue you a Cork College of FET – Morrison’s Island Campus Digital Badge, your personal information (name, email address, and badge earned) will be shared with this data processor You will receive an email notification from them with instructions for claiming the badge. Your personal information is used to issue your badge and for reporting and operational purposes. It will be handled in a manner consistent with Cork ETB Data Protection practices. For internal purposes, we will also record the date of birth as this is a unique identifier for each person.

When can I start?

You can start working on your badge from the end of September but must have all evidence submitted and projects completed by the last Friday in March of the following year.

You need to email digitalbadges@morrisonsislandcampus.ie letting the DBC know that you wish to complete a badge during the academic year and let them know which badge you wish to be considered for.

Do I need to let anyone know that I am hoping to complete a badge during the year?

What are the rules?

  • You must be a student of the college.
  • You need to have an email address that will need to be associated with the badge.
  • The badge you are seeking must be one issued by the college.
  • The effort you make to accomplish it should be verifiable by a third party.
  • Once issued, the meta-data of the Badge cannot be altered.
  • It is an offence to use a badge that you have not earned or to misrepresent the nature, date or level of any badge that you have earned.

Where can I find out more?

Criteria for Digital Badges?

Active Volunteer Badge

 

Brief Rationale

(max 50 words)

Volunteering allows the earner contribute to the community in which they live and enables them to enhance their own skills in areas such as teamwork, communication and problem solving. Some volunteering roles also allow the earner allows them gain some experience in their area of interest and perhaps benefit from specific training opportunities provided by the organisation.
Badge Criteria 1.        Improve your interpersonal skills
  2.       Advance your career through new connections/skills
  3.       Opportunity to make a difference
  4.       Build good, collaborative relationships with staff/service users
Badge Content and Learner Activities This Badge activity will give earners the opportunity to receive a

badge under the heading Active Volunteer. The earner will actively

become involved on a weekly basis with one of our partner voluntary

groups and complete a minimum of 20 hours hands on with that

group.

Assessment and Evaluation The assessment is two-fold. Firstly, it requires the earner to submit the signed attendance sheet and a reference from the organisation and depending on the hours worked the badge will be awarded.

Bronze –20 +hours

Silver –40+ hours

Gold –60+ hours

Platinum – 120+ hours

 

It will also require the earner to submit an e-portfolio through Moodle outlining:-

How the person’s interpersonal skills were improved, how the work helped them advance in their career, how they made a difference and finally what relationships were formed during their time with the organisation. This evidence can be provided in a written, audio or visual format or a combination of methods.

 

Evidence Earners will be measured against the badge criteria and evidence required includes:-

·         Signed attendance sheet

·         Reference from the organisation

·         Submission of an e-portfolio including evidence of how the person’s interpersonal skills were improved, how the work helped them advance in their career, how they made a difference and finally what relationships were formed during their time with the organisation. This evidence can be provided in a written, audio or visual format or a combination of methods.

 

 

CRITERIA FOR DIGITAL BADGES          

Fundraising Volunteer Badge

 

Brief Rationale

(max 50 words)

The fundraising Volunteers badge allows the earner contribute to a community group through fundraising on their behalf, to enable the organisation continue their valuable work. It also enables them to enhance their own skills in areas such as teamwork, organizational skills, communication and problem solving.
Badge Criteria 1.        Improve your interpersonal skills
2.       Enhance your organizational abilities
3.       Opportunity to motivate others
4.       Develop negotiation and teamwork abilities
Badge Content and Learner Activities This Badge activity will give earners the opportunity to receive a badge under the heading Fundraising Volunteer. The earner will actively fundraise on behalf of an organisation within the college community.
Assessment and Evaluation The assessment will require the earner to submit an e-portfolio through Moodle outlining:-

How the person’s interpersonal and organizational skills were improved, how they motivated others and also how their teamwork and negotiation skills were developed. Evidence of the event comprising of the planning, implementation of the fundraising event, to include the handover of funds to the voluntary group needs to be presented. This evidence can be provided in a written, audio or visual format or a combination of methods.

 

Evidence Submission of an e-portfolio including evidence of how the person’s interpersonal and organizational skills were improved, how they motivated others and also how their teamwork and negotiation skills were developed or enhanced. Evidence of the event comprising of the planning, implementation of the fundraising event, to include the handover of funds to the voluntary group needs to be presented. This evidence can be provided in a written, audio or visual format or a combination of methods.

 

 

 

 

CRITERIA FOR DIGITAL BADGES      

Entrepreneurship Badge

 

Brief Rationale

(max 50 words)

Entrepreneurship is a daunting career choice that requires confidence, flair and resilience. This is an opportunity for earners to apply their theoretical knowledge and develop those qualities. It also demonstrates to future Employers that they are capable of persevering and prevailing in this competitive area.
Badge Criteria 1.       Improve your Interpersonal skills and entrepreneurial skills.
2.       Advance career through networking
3.       Opportunity to learn how to work under pressure
4.     Build perseverance, confidence and resilience.
Badge Content and Learner Activities The earner will attend at least seven of the ten-session course presented by Junior Achievement Ireland. The Earner will be involved in running an event that demonstrates their entrepreneurship skill.

 

Assessment and Evaluation Attendance will be reviewed. A minimum of 7 sessions needs to be attended. The student’s own portfolio will be evaluated along with any other supporting evidence presented in the e-portfolio showing evidence of planning, preparing and implementing the related entrepreneurial event.
Evidence Attendance sheets will used to verify participation, in the JAI sessions.

The student will also need to submit a portfolio outlining their contribution to the event arising from those sessions.