Technology Badges in the Online MSEd in Learning Design and Technology

Easily Demonstrate Your New Skillset

Display Your Knowledge

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

Earn and Display Badges

There are two ways you can earn badges — through self-paced modules or course credit. 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.

How the Badge System Works

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.

Are Badges a Requirement?

Earning technology 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.

How You Can Use Badges Professionally

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.

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.

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 badge Adobe Captivate — Basic: Create interactive learning modules that incorporate graphics, video, quizzes and web interaction.
Adobe Premier badge Adobe Premiere: This is a video-editing tool with capabilities from basic to professional use.
Animoto badge Animoto: Create video slideshows using photos, videos and music.
Animoto badge Articulate Storyline 2: Build interactive online learning courses with personalized content.
Audacity badge Audacity: Record, edit, convert and listen to digital audio files.
AudioBloom badge AudioBloom: Easily record, upload and play back audio recordings for podcasts and other shareable audio content.
Basic Course Tools badge Basic Course Tools: Demonstrate skills and competence with various digital tools that will be used throughout school assignments and beyond.
Blogger badge Blogger: Create an online blog to share opinions, thoughts, and research.
Camtasia badge Camtasia: Create and edit videos and audio, then publish them to social media services such as YouTube and Facebook.
Creately badge Creately: Brainstorm and diagram all kinds of charts while collaborating with multiple individuals.
Desmos badge Desmos: An activity builder and resource for teaching mathematics.
Diigo badge Diigo: A social bookmarking tool, Diigo lets you research, highlight text, bookmark, tag and take notes on web pages.
Dropbox badge Dropbox: Store, manage, and collaborate with others by sharing and editing documents.
EdPuzzle badge 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. badge Design infographics using charts, media, images, and icons.
Edublogs badge Edublogs: Create your own digital blog and personal website.
Evernote badge 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.
GeoGebra badge GeoGebra: Mathematics software for teaching and learning mathematics.
Google Drive badge Google Drive: Store, manage, and collaborate with others by sharing and editing documents.
iMovie badge iMovie: Create and edit videos and audio and then publish them to YouTube, Facebook, and other similar services. (Mac only.)
Inspiration9 badge Inspiration9: Easily create diagrams, maps, outlines and presentations.
Jing badge Jing: Capture images and videos on a screen and easily share them with others via
Kahoot badge Kahoot: Create polls that students can respond to via text or the Internet.
Mendeley badge 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 badge Mindmeister: Brainstorm and collaboratively create mind maps in this visual communication platform.
Padlet badge 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 badge Piktochart: Design and create infographics using themed templates.
Poll Everywhere badge 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 badge Popplet: Facilitate collaborative brainstorming with graphic organizers, mind maps and concept maps.
PowerPoint badge PowerPoint: Create slide show presentations that can include pictures, video, graphics, text, etc.
PowToon badge PowToon: Create animated presentations.
Prezi Next badge
Prezi Next: 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 badge Screencast-O-Matic: Create screen captures and video screencasts and easily share them with others via or social media platforms.
Slideshare badge Slideshare: A way to share documents, presentations, and videos.
Snagit badge Snagit: Record or capture screen images and videos.
Socrative badge Socrative: Engage and assess students with real-time questioning, result aggregation and visualization.
SoundCloud badge SoundCloud: Record, upload and play audio recordings. This tool offers a very simple way to create short audio podcasts.
Storyline 2 badge Storyline 2 - Basic: A highly robust and interactive course building platform. Create online courses optimized to adapt to any device.
Study Blue badge Study Blue: Create a study tool that enables you to effectively memorize information.
Study Stack badge Study Stack: Create a variety of learning activities and study tools.
ThingLink badge ThingLink: A web tool that allows for the creation of interactive images and videos.
TouchMath badge TouchMath: Multisensory math program designed to help teach math to a variety of learners.
Tricider badge Tricider: Collect ideas from others and discuss without face-to-face meetings.
Vengage badge Venngage: Create infographics using charts, pictograms, images, icons, maps, etc.
Videoscribe badge Videoscribe: Create whiteboard animations.
VoiceThread badge VoiceThread: An interactive presentation, discussion, and collaboration tool. Create presentations using different media.
Weebly badge Weebly: This is an easy-to-use website builder.
Wix badge Wix: Create web pages and sites without coding.
Wordpress badge Wordpress: Create professional-looking websites using templates and themes.

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