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Badging Your Way to Information LiteracyMicrocredentialing, or badging, has become a popular way to certify achievement in a variety offields, perhaps most visibly in information technology. Higher education institutions havestarted to investigate badges as a way to certify curricular and co-curricular activities andprovide a more detailed description of the skills, abilities, and experiences of students as theygo through their college years. Microcredentialing also provides an opportunity to assess andrecognize student learning outcomes across multiple courses, rather than requiring students tomeet complex goals within one course.At the authors’ institution, the College of Technology recently formulated a competency-baseddegree program that includes information literacy outcomes for students. In order to trackstudent progress, the college decided to use a badging system, and librarians were asked tocreate and facilitate an information literacy badge for the college’s inaugural course for first-year students. The libraries have also been involved in working with a more conventional, i.e.,credit-based, course for first year students in the college, which meets the university’sfoundational core curriculum requirements for information literacy.This paper describes the process of converting an information literacy curriculum into acompetency-based program and compares student outcomes between the conventional andcompetency-based course offerings.
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