Micro-credentials and digital badges

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Digital Badges and Course Certificates

We offer a variety of micro-credential programs which range from online, seminar style, or in an instructor led classroom. The Watson Industrial Outreach Program is dedicated to safeguarding SUNY standards of micro-credentialing and commitment to academic quality.

Digital Badges:

  • A way to distinguish your adeptness in a competitive marketplace.
  • An easy and effective way to showcase your skills to prospective employers.
  • A digital badge can be shared on your LinkedIn profile, social media, email signature or in your resume.

We issue a digital badge to all students who successfully complete one of our professional continuing education courses.The digital badge includes meta-data on the evidence of learning and link back to sponsoring institution and evaluation criteria. This means that the badge is "clickable" and when clicked on it highlights competency in the particular subject. The badge is also shareable and can easily be displayed on the badge earners linkedin profile, other social media or be inserted into an email signature. The badge is a convenient way to display specific capabilities to peers and employers and can be instrumental in finding prospective employment. A paper certificate can also be printed if the badge earner wishes to do so.

Course Certificates:

We also issue hard copy course certificates to all students who successfully complete one of our professional continuing education courses. The course certificate is an official Binghamton University document that confirms that you successfully completed the course.

Why are Micro-Credentials important?

A micro-credential is a program designed to give access to a particular skill set in a shorter or more adaptable time frame than a traditional university course or degree program. They are more narrowly focused and reflect a specific competency, which is displayed through the badge. Micro-credentials offer the opportunity to continue building on your education, as well as adding to your portfolio and improve your standing within the academic world. For students, micro-credentials offer another avenue to enhance their education. However, they are not just beneficial for students, but extend to anyone looking to upskill, for example, employers and employees from various fields of industry. In other words, micro-credentials allow for someone to distinguish their adeptness in a competitive marketplace.