Digital credential initiatives are swiftly gaining traction within the educational community. These validated indicators of accomplishment, known as badges, provide a concrete way for students to demonstrate evidence of their academic footprint, skills, interests and knowledge gained.
Educational institutions are actively seeking out platforms that can showcase these badges as alternative credentials. The American Council on Education (ACE), which provides recommended college credit for courses, partnered with Credly to meet this expanded expectation. This is big news for DAU, which already uses ACE's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT).
This new platform provides ACE-recognized course completions with a third-party, vetted badge on an industry-standard platform, further ensuring the Defense Acquisition Workforce is recognized for their education and training.
“Digital badges will benefit the workforce and agencies funding undergraduate or graduate courses when the DAU course taken is acceptable towards the college credit courses or DoD Service schools training,” DAU Director of Academic Programs Wen Lin said. “They are awarded automatically without requiring the students to request credit.”
Badges serve as a form of verified three-dimensional transcripts and are a way for the workforce to organize all of their acquired experiences and skill sets. These resume-boosting digital badges contain information about students completed online and on-campus undergraduate courses, communicating the skill mastered and the recommended college credits.
Lin said badges are an innovative replacement to the traditional transcript methodology and eliminate some chief concerns traditional transcripts posed for academic institutions such as lag timing and cost.
Upon completing a DAU course, an ACE badge is awarded to the workforce member for the courses that receive ACE recommended credits. Once a badge is issued and accepted, the Credly Acclaim platform sends an official digital academic transcript directly to personnel, potential employers or the college and/or university of interest. No further action is required by the issuing institution or student, the acquisition workforce will no longer need to use the ACE Transcript Registry and payment is not required for transcript distribution.
“Badges can also be shared on social media platforms and resumes to document the workforce members’ skills and training,” Lin said.
Acquisition workforce members who have recently completed a DAU course recommended for ACE college credits but have not received an invitation email from DAU to accept a badge via Credly's Acclaim, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the new digital badging and transcript system, which will be implemented Oct. 1, and find which courses are ACE recommended, please visit the ACE Student Resource Center. ACE will be standing down their Transcript Registry Oct. 30.
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