IMPRESS Digital Badges
The Impress Digital Badges project is focused on improving the efficiency in which job applicants can display their skills to prospective employers. Earning Digital Badges and developing an online badge portfolio will show that a job applicant can actually perform a certain set of skills instead of just saying that they can based upon courses they've taken. This way, the quality of employees that companies hire will increase. Additionally, companies will also be able to screen their applicants more quickly, saving the company both time and money.
A digital badge is a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest that can be earned in many learning environments. The badges are designed to allow users to accumulate visual proof of their abilities that they acquired in a variety of learning environments over a lifetime. One potential use of digital badges is to show potential employers the skills and accomplishments of the user while providing them with actual examples of their proficiencies that have been vetted by professionals from that particular field.
What is a Digital Badge?
Since the Impress Digital Badges is in the beta phase, the project is starting out with some short-term goals to achieve measureable outcomes and data for research that will pave the way for the future of Impress as a company. Completed so far is preliminary research, the logo, and a beta website, along with several badge examples. This summer, the Impress Digital Badges team started on the adventure of badge system creation. We are working with professors on Slippery Rock campus at a dedicated pace, and we anticipate a launch on campus this fall. Stay Tuned!