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Online Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology — Technology Badges

Digital badges are visual representation of a stackable skill set — a powerful micro credentialing tool for identifying and validating the rich array of people's skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and competencies.

Students in this MSEd program come from diverse technological backgrounds. Some may know how to use many different types of tools, others are still adding to their expertise. The badge system provides a way to develop your knowledge and skills using specific instructional digital tools throughout the program.

Each badge focuses on a specific technology tool and supplies background information, examples and instructions for using it. By moving through various levels of challenges, you can gain experience using the tool and receive feedback. You will be awarded a badge when you demonstrate mastery of that tool.

Instructors in the MSEd program may also suggest or assign specific digital tools in their classes. If you have not had previous experience with that specific tool, you can immediately go to the badge system, select the badge and develop your knowledge and facility with that tool.

How the Badge System Works

Earning badges is not a requirement of the MSEd program — you may decide to simply access and review the badge content to learn about the tool without participating in the challenges to earn the badge. However, badges can prove your competency with instructional technologies to potential employers.

There are two ways you can earn badges. Each badge will take several hours to complete depending on the tool, but generally they require a minimum of two hours, and some take more than ten.

  • Self-paced option: Earn badges whenever you want in self-paced modules while you are a student in the program. Earn as many or as few as you choose. You will not earn course credit for completed badges.
  • Course-credit option: Enroll in and complete EDCI 56000 for course credit. If you have already been awarded badges before entering the course, they will count toward the number needed to complete the class.

You will explore and earn badges in Passport, a learning and e-portfolio system. During the program and after graduation, you can display the badges you have earned through your public Passport profile in Mozilla Backpack, LinkedIn and Facebook. When a badge is clicked on, it will take the viewer to Purdue’s site and outline the specific skills you’ve learned.

Current Badges

Below is a list of the badges that are currently available. Please be aware this list will change as badges are updated and added.

Adobe Captivate: Create interactive learning modules that incorporate graphics, video, quizzes and web interaction.
Adobe Premiere: This is a video-editing tool with capabilities from basic to professional use.
Animoto: Create video slideshows using photos, videos and music.
Articulate Storyline 2: Build interactive online learning courses with personalized content.
Audacity: Record, edit, convert and listen to digital audio files.
audioBloom: Easily record, upload and play back audio recordings for podcasts and other shareable audio content.
Camtasia: Create and edit videos and audio, then publish them to social media services such as YouTube and Facebook.
Creately: Brainstorm and diagram all kinds of charts while collaborating with multiple individuals.
Diigo: A social bookmarking tool, Diigo lets you research, highlight text, bookmark, tag and take notes on web pages.
Dipity: Make digital timelines that incorporate video, audio, images and more.
EdPuzzle: Edit videos from YouTube and other sites to reflect only the parts you need. You can embed comments and questions in the video to check for comprehension.
Evernote: This note-taking and archiving tool allows you to capture and note full webpages or excerpts. You can take notes and save and annotate web pages, images, audio recordings, etc., and sync the files across all your devices. The archiving function allows you to categorize, tag, and search your notes.
Go Animate: This tool helps you to create engaging animated presentations and explanatory videos, which can then be shared on social media.
iMovie: Create and edit videos and audio and then publish them to YouTube, Facebook, and other similar services. (Mac only.)
Inspiration9: Easily create diagrams, maps, outlines and presentations.
Jing: Capture images and videos on a screen and easily share them with others via
Kahoot: Create polls that students can respond to via text or the Internet.
Mendeley: This is a management tool that supports the research process by collecting, organizing and annotating electronic articles and citations, as well as effectively sharing research with colleagues.
Mindmeister: Brainstorm and collaboratively create mind maps in this visual communication platform.

Movie Maker: Create and edit videos and audio and then publish them to YouTube, Facebook, and other similar services. (PC only.)
Padlet: Build a "wall" where you can easily collaborate with others and share discussions, ideas, documents, videos and web links, as well as post notices and collect feedback.
Piktochart: Design and create infographics using themed templates.
Poll Everywhere: Create poll questions in a variety of formats (multiple choice, true/false, free response) to use in the classroom. Students can respond via text or the Internet.
Popplet: Facilitate collaborative brainstorming with graphic organizers, mind maps and concept maps.
PowerPoint: Create slide show presentations that can include pictures, video, graphics, text, etc.
PowToon: Create animated presentations.
Prezi: This presentation and storytelling tool allows ideas and information to be presented on a virtual canvas. Users zoom in and out as they read, watch or listen to content elements.
Screencast-O-Matic: Create screen captures and video screencasts and easily share them with others via or social media platforms.
Socrative: Engage and assess students with real-time questioning, result aggregation and visualization.
SoundCloud: Record, upload and play audio recordings. This tool offers a very simple way to create short audio podcasts.
Videoscribe: Create whiteboard animations.
Weebly: This is an easy-to-use website builder.
Wix: Create web pages and sites without coding.
Wordpress: Create professional-looking websites using templates and themes.

Learn New Instructional Tools

Learn more about earning badges and developing your competency with digital tools in the online Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University. Complete the form or call us at 877-497-5851 to speak to an admissions adviser.