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.
Now that the pilot phase is over, the goal is to take what was learned and build a better badging system. Additional partnerships are being developed with the Dept. of Psychology, Dept. of Chemistry, Middle East Studies Center, Fisher College of Business Careers and Recruiting and University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT).
In addition, the visual identity of Buckeye Badges is being upgraded with a new website design and a new Member badge. The Member badge represents the first level of engagement with badging at Ohio State and is available to students, faculty and staff who login to Backpack. Those who are awarded a digital badge through one of the partner programs will automatically receive a Member badge. Member badge awards are processed at the end of each day.
For more information, visit buckeyebadges.osu.edu