Badges for Professional Development

What are digital badges?


Micro-credentials such as digital badges are a marker of learning, skills, or achievements. They take the form of a digital image including course or skill name and completion date that is linked to a description of what the learner accomplished, requirements that were met, or an example of work that demonstrates competency.

How are digital badges earned?


Learners earn badges by demonstrating the acquisition of learning or skill development in a variety of ways. Completing a professional development course in person or online, submitting evidence of a lesson/collaboration/skill, or completing forms or simulations that demonstrate learning are some examples. Due to the variety of ways an educator can earn a micro-credential, they provide for more transparent, personalized, interest driven learning opportunities.

Many courses are part of a larger course sequence, or "learning pathway". Each learning pathway has its own top-level badge, earned by completing the component courses.

How are badges used in professional learning?


Digital badges serve as proof of learning or skills to be tracked and displayed publicly. They can honor learning and accomplishment that might otherwise not be tracked or acknowledged. Since they are able to be coded with specific data of the criteria used to assess or provide evidence of learning, digital badges provide a clearer picture of what the learner has accomplished than a traditional professional development certificate. This can provide evidence of professional learning.

Viewing and Displaying Your Badges

Badgr is our badge management and delivery service. You may wish to open a Badgr account if you have earned (or wish to create) badges outside of Canvas. Click here for a link to the Badgr sign in/login page and sign in using your MPS Active Directory credentials. This tutorial provides details on creating an account in Badgr.

After logging into Badgr, you will be able to view the badges you have earned, organize them into collections, and share them to your Facebook account. Click here for a tutorial on sharing your badges.

Where's My Badge?

Upon completion of a professional development course in Canvas, your badge may display a "Not Earned" message. This does not mean you have not completed the course requirements; there may simply be a delay of 48-72 hours while your badge is processed.

When your badge is issued, you will receive an email containing your badge.


MacArthur Foundation Research on Digital Badges

Badges: A New Measure of Professional Development; Campus Technology; January 14, 2015

Digital Badge Systems: The Promise and Potential; Alliance for Excellent Education; November 4, 2014

Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges; Alliance for Excellent Education; August, 2013


The Potential and Value of Using Digital Badges for Adult Learners - American Institutes for Research; July 2013

MPS Badge Creation Request Form
Questions? Contact:

Michael Massey

Cain Reagan