IT Badging for Professional Development
As part of the IT Career Framework, IT@Cornell has been validating achievements with its IT Badging program. The Professional Badging initiative is for all IT employees who want a modern way to highlight their achievements, experiences, professional development, and engagement. Educause notes that “Digital badges have emerged as a way to document ongoing community engagement, professional development, and accomplishments. Badges recognize incremental learning in highly visible ways. They can support and enhance a career portfolio and may help illuminate a learning path.” Cornell’s IT Badging Program includes badges in three tracks:
- Career and self-development
- Engagement: collaboration, communication and community service
To get more information about IT@Cornell Badges and to apply for a badge, please visit it.cornell.edu/badging
And it’s not just Cornell! The Project Management Institute (PMI) just announced their badging program. Now, just as with Cornell IT-issued badges, you can proudly display your PMI certification in your email signature, on your electronic resume, and on your LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles through PMI’s new digital badge program.
Additionally, EDUCAUSE has been badging for several years, and Cornell used them as a model for their program. ASAE recognized the EDUCAUSE Digital Badging Program in its 2015 Gold Circle Awards competition as a winner in the New Product/Service Launch Campaign category. The Gold Circle Awards signify excellence, innovation, and achievement in association/nonprofit marketing, membership, and communications programs.