Certificates & Digital Badges

Earn a Coursera Certificate of Completion and SUNY Digital Badges by enrolling in SUNY #EmTech. You may then share your certificates and badges with others through your ePortfolio, resume, and social networks to showcase your accomplishments and your efforts as a lifelong learner.

Everyone can participate in the entire course for free!

Anyone enrolled in #EmTech who also pays the $49.00 (USD) course fee is eligible to earn a Coursera Certificate of Completion and SUNY Digital Badges.

Anyone from the State University of New York (SUNY), including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and affiliated partners, is eligible to earn these awards at no cost. See the FAQs for further info.

What value is a Coursera Certificate?

Coursera certificates are widely recognized by employers and can give your resume an extra boost, demonstrating your drive and expertise in a specific field. Plus, they can be a real asset when you’re vying for jobs or applying to college.

Think of Coursera certificates as tangible evidence of your skills. They’re not just pieces of paper; they’re pathways to expanding your knowledge in a particular field or diving into something completely new.

What is a Digital Badge?

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A digital badge is a symbol or indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest (Knight & Casili, 2012). On the surface, a badge seems to just be a pretty picture. Beneath the surface, a badge is much more complex.

What makes a digital badge unique is the data-packed inside. This image of an open digital badge, created by Bryan Mathers, shows that a digital badge is comprised of several parts, including the image, the earner’s personal information (making the badge unique to the user), and the evidence (often a permanent connection to the accomplishment of the badge earner). This combination ensures that each badge is unique and a true representation of an earner’s accomplishment.

Badges help participants track their progress, encourage the completion of Discovery Exercises, and provide motivation to complete #EmTech.

This video from the MacArthur Foundation explains what a badge is and its benefits. It also includes examples of their use within education. A key message shared in the video is that “Badges are a new idea to recognize the learning that happens anywhere and share it in the places that matter.” Watch the following video, “What is a Badge?,” by the MacArthur Foundation (video length 3:36 min.).

What Badges can I earn in #EmTech?

Four badges can be earned, including #EmTech Completer, ePortfolio, Contributor, and Fellow Badges.

The following two badges can be earned regardless of whether or not the course fee is paid.

Everyone who completes an ePortfolio and follows the Optional ePortfolio Checklist can earn an ePortfolio Badge.

Everyone who contributes a new tool or resource to EmTechWIKI is eligible to earn a Contributor badge.

#EmTech Badge Constellation

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How to Claim and Share Certificates & Badges

Sharing Your Coursera Certificate

After completing all of the modules in the #EmTech course, you will earn a Coursera Certificate of Completion if you are either affiliated with SUNY as a student, faculty, staff, or alumni or you have paid the #EmTech course fee in Coursera. Your certificate can be printed, shared through social media, and added to LinkedIn. Coursera Certificates of Completion are accessed through the Accomplishments page in Coursera. This information on the Coursera Help site explains how to access and share your Coursera Certificate.

How to Claim and Share Your Badges

Instructions about how to claim and share your badges on your social media networks are available on the Credly website. Also, see below for additional information.

Click the link in the email you receive and follow the prompts to create an account and claim your badge. Once you claim your badge, you can do the following:

  1. Share your badges on Social Media
  2. Print out your badge as a certificate
  3. Embed badges in your ePortfolio or other platforms (blogs, website, etc.)

What Does the Research Say about Badges?

If you are interested in learning more about badges, refer to some of the articles and research below. In addition, search the EmtechWIKI resources for badges and info about other gamification strategies.

Carey, K. L. & Stefaniak, J. E. (2018). An exploration of the utility of digital badging in higher education settings.

EDUCAUSE. (2019). 7 things you should know about digital badges.

Gish-Lieberman, J. J., Tawfik, A., & Gatewood, J. (2021). Micro-credentials and badges in education: A historical overview. TechTrends, 65, 5-7.

Instructors: Consider adding #EmTech content and activities to your courses! Contact the EmTech team to discuss ways that you can integrate EmTech into your curriculum.