February - Pedagogy, Research Forum and QUIC

Beginning in February, the Department of Psychology began awarding the Teaching Certificate - Pedagogy badge to Graduate students who had successfully completed Psychology 6851: Seminar and Practicum in the Teaching of Psychology or Education Policy and Leadership 7404: College Teaching.  Graduate students pursuing the PhD in Psychology may enroll in a non-degree program providing a Department-based Certificate of Training in the Teaching of Psychology.  A total of 74 Pedagogy badges were awarded in February.

January - QUIC

Beginning in January, the Fisher College of Business Career Center began awarding the QUIC badge - Qualified Undergraduate Interview Candidate to all students who successfully completed their QUIC certification.  The goal of QUIC is to help Fisher candidates excel in interviews and receive more offers for full-time and internship employment. Successfully completing the QUIC program will provides students with complete access to on-campus interview opportunities organized through FisherConnect.  A total of 40 QUIC badges were awarded in January. 

October - ELTU 2016

ELT Unconference
2016 ELT Unconference

The 2016 ELT Unconference will gather a diverse group of interesting people for conversations at the intersection of education and technology. THE ELTU 2016 badge recognizes those who attend the 9th Annual Exploring Learning Technologies Unconference (ELTU9) held on campus at The Ohio State Univers

Thinking Beyond a Transcript with Buckeye Badges

A college transcript is not the only indicator of how well a student grasped concepts in the classroom, especially those with real-world implications. Dr. Tim Rhodus, a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, created Buckeye Badges(link is external) to address this gap between what students truly learn and what their transcript reflects.


Buckeye Badges Member

The Buckeye Badges program began at Ohio State University as a pilot project to "test the logistical viability of alternative credentialing systems."  Over the academic year 2015-2016, Dr. Rhodus and his team successfully piloted digital badging at Ohio State for:  (1) two major programs in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, (2) the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, and (3) the Academy of Teaching Annual Conference.

Interview with Dr. Rhodus on Digital Badging in the Classroom

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College Ready Ohio’s Scott Nelson and Scott Sheeler sat down with Dr. Tim Rhodus, Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at the Ohio State University, to talk about badging in the classroom.

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Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

The Denman Undergraduate Research Forum joined the Buckeye Badges Pilot project and offered digital badges to participants in the March 30, 2016 event.  The Denman Forum & Spring Expo showcase the significant contributions of talented Ohio State undergraduates to scholarly activities conducted at OSU and around the world. The Denman is a competitive, judged research forum that has been a proud Ohio State tradition for 20 years.

Academy of Teaching Conference

The 10th Annual Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning joined the Buckeye Badges Pilot project and offered badged to participants and participants of the May 4, 2016 event.  The annual Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning is a venue for members of The Ohio State University community to share innovative and interesting, evidence-based ideas for the improvement of teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes.  The event is sponsored each year by Ohio State’s Academy of Teaching.