Earn a Coursera Certificate & Digital Badges

Enroll in #EmTechMOOC to earn a Coursera Certificate of Completion and Digital Badges.

Share your accomplishments with others through your ePortfolio, your resume, and social networks to showcase your learning and accomplishments and your efforts as a lifelong learner.

What is a Digital Badge?

Open badge there's data insideA digital badge is defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest (Knight & Casili, 2012). On the surface, a badge seems to just be a pretty picture. Beneath the surface, a badge is much more complex.

What makes a digital badge unique is the data-packed inside. This image of an open digital badge, created by Bryan Mathers, shows that a digital badge is comprised of several parts, including the image, the earner’s personal information (making the badge unique to the user), and the evidence (often a permanent connection to the accomplishment of the badge earner). This combination ensures that each badge is unique and a true representation of an earner’s accomplishment. Most badges are issued in an open badge format, meaning they can be transferred across different systems. The OpenBadges site has a good overview for anyone getting started with badging, including information about earning, issuing, displaying, and understanding badge awards.

Open Digital Badges

Badging is an emerging trend that offers a new way to represent skills and achievements that may be traditionally difficult to document. Badges help participants track their progress, encourage the completion of Discovery Exercises, and provide motivation to succeed in completing #EmTechMOOC. Badges are typically earned via “quests,” which are completed by badge earners. Badge earners interact with a variety of materials, ultimately producing a learning object to demonstrate their knowledge of the content. Generally, these learning objects must then be approved by the moderators of the quest, who authorize and issue the badge.

This video from the MacArthur Foundation explains what a badge is and its benefits. It also includes examples of their use within education. A key message shared in the video is that “Badges are a new idea to recognize the learning that happens anywhere and share it in the places that matter.” Watch the following video, “What is a Badge?,” by the MacArthur Foundation (video length 3:36 min.).

Types of Badges

In #EmTechMOOC there are a few types of badges that can be earned, including #EmTechMOOC Completer and the optional ePortfolio, Contributor, and Fellow Badges.

#EmTechMOOC Coursera Certificates of Completion and Completer Badges

Anyone who is enrolled in #EmTechMOOC who pays the course fee of $29.00 is eligible to earn an #EmTechMOOC Coursera Certificate of Completion, a Digital Badge, and an optional ePortfolio Badge. Anyone from the State University of New York (SUNY) including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and affiliated partners is eligible to earn these awards at no cost. Everyone is eligible to participate in the full course for free. Everyone who contributes a new tool or resource to EmTechWIKI is eligible to earn a Contributor badge.

Instructors: Consider adding MOOC content and activities to your courses! Contact the EmTech team to discuss ways that you can integrate EmTech into your curriculum.

#EmTechMOOC Badge Constellation

EmTechMOOC badge constellation

How to Claim and Share #EmTechMOOC Badges & Certificates

Sharing Your Coursera Certificate

After completing all of the modules in #EmTechMOOC in Coursera, you will earn a Coursera Certificate of Completion if you are either affiliated with SUNY as a student, faculty, staff, or alumni or you have paid the #EmTechMOOC course fee in Coursera. Your certificate is able to be printed, shared through social media, and added to Linkedin. Coursera Certificates of Completion are accessed through the Accomplishments page in Coursera. This information on the Coursera Help site explains how to access and share your Coursera Certificate.

How to Claim and Share Credly Badges

Instructions about how to claim and share your badges on your social media networks are available on the Credly website. Also, see below for additional information.
Click the link in the email you receive and follow the prompts to create an account and claim your badge. Once you claim your badge, you can do the following:
  1. Share your badges on Social Media
  2. Print out your badge as a certificate
  3. Embed badges in your ePortfolio or other platforms (blogs, website, etc.)


What Does the Research Say about badges?

If you are interested to learn more about badges, refer to some of the articles and research below. In addition, search the EmtechWIKI resources for badges and info about other gamification strategies.

Carey, K. L. & Stefaniak, J. E. (2018). An exploration of the utility of digital badging in higher education settings.
EDUCAUSE. (2019). 7 things you should know about digital badges.
Knight, E. & Casili, C. (2012). Case study 6: Mozilla open badges.
Shawgo, K. E. (2013). Digital Badges: An Annotated Research Bibliography. Public Services Quarterly. Taylor & Francis.

*Note: Access to the research articles may require logging into your campus’ library system, or you may request an article through Inter Library Loan (ILL).