The Service-Learning Program is unveiling a new digital badge that highlights a student’s commitment to a community issue. The Service-Learning Badge is a great tool to show employers and graduate schools that a student has applied their learning to meet the needs of the community.
Why a Badge? A Digital Badge allows students to represent their competencies through artifacts that can be displayed on their social media accounts, e-portfolios, and resumes.
The goal of the Service-Learning Badge is to provide students an opportunity to align their service-learning experience with best practices and develop well articulated artifacts that can be used for job applications, continuing research, and e-portfolios. The badge is attainable in a single semester, yet it will challenge students to think critically about how their service is connected to their course of study.
To apply for the badge students will need to enroll in the digication group (Service-Learning Badge) and submit all products demonstrating competencies by the end of the semester. Students may apply for a badge in semesters following the completion of a service project. All competencies will need to be demonstrated within a year of their enrollment to the digication community to be considered for a badge.
Competencies the Badge Represents
There will be three badges (Bronze – 15 hours of service, Silver – 30 hours, Gold – 45 hours), accessible to any student that completes a service-learning experience in a given semester. Students will need to demonstrate competencies in:
- connecting service to course content
- commitment to serving the community need
- reflection on personal growth/academic connection/social responsibility
- articulating future support the community
Evaluation (artifacts submitted via Digication under the assignment tab)
These competencies will be measured through written reflection (or multimedia presentation), evaluation, and time log.
You may choose to do a written reflection or a multimedia presentation.
The 3 page written reflection will be assessed using the DEAL Reflection Model (Ash & Clayton 2009). In this reflection students should articulate the connection between course content, reflect on their personal growth, and demonstrate an understanding of community needs and how to address them.
The multimedia presentation (poster, video or presentation) will capture the students’ learning goals, course concept connections, methods, reflection, community need, and impact. A rubric will be used to evaluate whether the presentation meets the exhibition standards. During the poster session the student will represent their work to their peers, professors, and community partners.
Meeting the Community Need (Community partner evaluation or Reference letter)
Community partners will evaluate student work by verifying students’ dedication and alignment in meeting community partner needs, using the criteria of integrity, initiative, professionalism, and teamwork.
Time Commitment (Timesheet or OrgSync Co-Curricular transcript)
Time logs will betracked through OrgSync or on paper time-sheets. Students will need to complete either 15 hours of service (Bronze), 30 hours (Silver), 45 hours (Gold) to be considered for the badge.
Awarding of the Digital Badge
The badges will be held digitally on SkillStack after completion and evaluation of the above artifacts. Questions about process should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org