Credentialing

Credly Badges Now Available Through Canvas

Students can now earn digital badges when they complete modules in Canvas, thanks to a new partnership between Credly and the learning management system from Instructure. The companies today announced the launch of Credly Learning Edition for Canvas, an application that "allows schools to design rule-based pathways that trigger the award of digital badges," according to a press release.

As students master skills and competencies, complete assignments or reach other milestones within courses or training programs, they can earn badges "which can be showcased … on professional and social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, or featured in a range of other job search and communication channels, such as e-portfolios, websites, e-mail or resumes," according to the announcement. The result: Students are empowered with "portable, verified and transparent evidence of learning," said Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and CEO of Credly, in a statement.

"Digital badges are a powerful and employer-friendly complement to grades and other information traditionally found on a college transcript," said Brenda Perea, instructional design project manager at Colorado Community College System, which deployed an early pilot of Credly Learning Edition for Canvas. "Our faculty has been working with Credly to demonstrate to employers the granular competencies and workplace skills students develop in any particular course, and this integration with Canvas accelerates that crucial communication."

For more information, visit the Canvas site.

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About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at rkelly@1105media.com.

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