Example of Credly Badges issued by Kent State OnlineThe Office of Continuing and Distance Education (OCDE) is excited to issue badges via Credly as evidence that earners have attended, participated in, or otherwise completed specific criteria for OCDE informational sessions and workshops.

A badge is a visual indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest. Traditional badges are often sewn or pinned on uniforms like those worn by police officers, military, etc. A digital badge also informs the viewer of accomplishments and skills except a digital badge is an online record of achievements.

Badges make keeping track of your professional development easier.  Instead of gathering certificates and letters of accomplishments together and then printing or scanning them so you can show them to the interested party, you can simply supply a link to your badges.

Read more about badges in the report/fact sheet from Mozilla entitled Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges.

Badge levels and descriptions

A list of all the badges can be found on the Badge Descriptions page. OCDE will be issuing badges in three levels; Participation, Application, Sharing.

  1. The first level is earned by participating professional development activities, such as attending OCDE workshops or the Kent State Online annual Symposium.
  2. The second level is earned by applying skills that have been learned.
  3. The third level is earned by sharing your knowledge with your Kent State colleagues, such as sharing a resource or idea on the Online Teaching website or participating in Quality Matters review.

Displaying Your Badges

Credly verified issuer imageOCDE will publicly issue all earned badges via Credly. When you earn a badge you will receive an email notification of your achievement (see video below). If you want to save and share that badge you must click on “save & share” (if you don’t have a Credly account yet you will be prompted to create one after this step). When you accept the badge you may view your badges via or the Credly app.

View this video on Badge Overview and Setup


Now that you have begun collecting badges, we would like to share with you how you can show the badges you have earned with your Dean, in your portfolio, on LinkedIn, your blog, etc. Watch the video to see how.


If you would like more detailed information on sharing your badges, please visit the links below:

    •    Complete Knowledge Base
    •    Your Credly Account URL
    •    Sharing Credit on Social Networks
    •    Sharing Credit on LinkedIn
    •    Adding a Credly Badge to Your Gmail Signature
    •    Adding badges to a web site or blog

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Ben Hollis, Director, Instructional Design, Kent State Online |
Office of Continuing and Distance Education