Badges

Want to show the world how information literate you are? Want to prove that you can gather, evaluate and use information ethically?  Now you can earn digital badges each time you complete any of UCF’s Information Literacy Modules.

How do you earn these smokin’ hot badges, you ask? Score over 80% or higher on any module quiz! Then claim your badge (“Save and Share”) by responding to the email sent to your Knights email account from “UCF Libraries via Credly.” Collect all the badges required in one of the three skills areas (Gather, Evaluate, and Use), and earn a silver badge showing your accomplishment.

How can you earn the gold badge showing your mastery of information literacy? Earn all three silver Gather, Evaluate, and Use badges!

Be sure to complete any modules assigned to you by your professor using the link provided in class, or you can complete the ‘generic’ modules on your own here: http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/modules (Tip: If you’ve already completed a module that is assigned later for a course, many instructors will allow you to import your previous score for credit in the new course.)

Questions? Contact Ask A Librarian at http://library.ucf.edu/Ask or 407-823-2562 or 1-866-271-7589 (toll free).


Badging Details

As part of a UCF pilot project, digital badges are awarded to students for completion of any of UCF’s Information Literacy Modules. You earn a digital badge when you score 80% or higher on a module quiz. An email is automatically sent to you acknowledging your accomplishment and providing a link to claim your badge. This is a completely automated process and is not intended to interfere with course-level implementation of the Information Literacy Modules.

Earning a badge does not obligate faculty to award students points for module completions. Any course-level assignment credit for module completions is completely separate from the badging process.

Badges are awarded for successful completion of each of UCF’s Information Literacy Modules. These individual modules are grouped into three functional categories: Gather, Evaluate, and Use. Students who successfully complete all of the modules in one of these categories are awarded a secondary badge validating their competency in this functional area. Students who earn all three of the secondary badges (Gather, Evaluate, and Use) are awarded a culminating, high-level badge recognizing mastery of foundational information literacy skills and knowledge required within UCF’s academic context. Students may choose whether or not to claim badges earned. Additionally, students may choose to make some or all of their badges viewable publicly. (For each badge earned, an email will be sent to Knights Email from “UCF via Credly” with an option to “Save and Share” the badge via Credly.com. Setting up a free Credly account associated with one’s Knights Email address makes it possible to publish selected badges on one’s profile page via Credly. You may wish to view a sample profile page.)

Badges are an alternative form of credentialing popular in informal learning contexts and somewhat similar to “achievements” in video and computer games. Some academic institutions have begun to deploy badges within courses/programs as well.  Demonstration of specified learning outcomes is represented visually by a “badge:” a digital image displayed on a website accompanied by written information detailing the accomplishment and criteria for earning the badge. For more information see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_badges.