Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
This paper focuses on previous attempts of badge-based credential assignments in the engineering education and training space for documenting competencies. Even though it was an exciting concept a few years ago with the possibility of offering an alternative to traditional methods, the badge-based systems have not gained much momentum in the engineering education world. Examples of different types including some in the computing and graphics areas along with graduate and undergraduate levels, and more comprehensive attempts are studied in this paper. The sociological impact on students, their families, and prospective employers are also visited by a discussion and inclusion of previous work. This is a critical factor since it ties into the employment after graduation.
The authors have been developing multiple graduate and undergraduate certificate programs to be offered at an off-site location, which is a new and thriving multi-million dollar research, conference, and training center. Three certificates have been developed in the energy engineering technology, basic manufacturing, and additive manufacturing fields. This paper illustrates the structure and details of each certificate program including its admission procedures and requirements, its courses and future rearrangement by the use of badge-based credentials. Utilization of badges will attract additional students to these certificate programs. However, some of the participants may want to only complete a single course or two based on their plans. A badge assigned to an individual course will reflect one of the four levels starting at the lowest passing level of Adequate Performance (AP) followed by Proficient (P), Mastery - Excellent (ME1), and Mastery – Exceptional (ME2) along with a letter grade.
The paper concludes with an assessment discussion, also including how accreditation bodies such as ABET, ATMAE or Middle States should and could see this type of credential assignment efforts.
Sirinterlikci, A., & Kalevitch, M. V. (2018, June), A Look into Badging Strategies in Engineering Education and Its Application to Energy and Manufacturing Certification Programs Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29633
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