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Badges FAQ for Faculty

What is a badge?

A badge is a digital certificate that can be earned through the completion of a series of tasks called quests and challenges. Once the badge is earned, it can be displayed on professional networks or digital portfolios such as LinkedIn and Credly to highlight your achievements to professors, future employers, grad school admissions committees, or anyone you would like to impress with your knowledge and skills!


What is the Metaliteracy Badge?

Four badges make up the complete Metaliteracy Badge: Master Evaluator, Empowered Learner, Producer & Collaborator, and Digital Citizen. You may view the steps involved in earning each of the badges here. Metaliteracy encourages learners to be aware of and take responsibility for their own learning. A metaliterate learner successfully consumes and creates quality information in collaborative, online environments. Visit metaliteracybadges.org to learn more about this initiative.


What can badges be used for?

Badges can be displayed on sites such as LinkedIn or Credly as an easy reference for potential employers or other interested parties to learn about knowledge and skills related to the application. Professors can assign quests to students in their classes and use the badges as evidence that students completed the work.

What will my students learn by completing a quest?

The Metaliteracy site features quests and challenges that teach a range of knowledge and skills that will help your students not only with the research skills they need to be successful in your course but also to become more savvy consumers and creators of information in their personal and professional lives. Topics covered include search strategizing, evaluating information, working with different formats of information, collaborative creation and more!

Can I assign this for class?

Yes! Professors in several courses have already begun assigning students their quests for credit. If you would like your students to join the quest, contact Trudi Jacobson, Head of Information Literacy, or Kelsey O’Brien, Information Literacy Librarian, for a registration code and more information. See contact information for Trudi and Kelsey below.

How can I use the badges to meet the General Education Information Literacy learning objectives at the University at Albany?

The General Education Information Literacy competency is designed to be met through a student’s major, and each department has developed its own plans for meeting the four General Education competencies (the other three are oral discourse, advanced writing, and critical thinking.) However, there is strong alignment between the four badges: Master Evaluator, Producer & Collaborator, Empowered Learner, and Digital Citizen and this competency’s learning objectives. Each badge and its associated challenges and quests addresses at least one learning objective associated with UAlbany’s Information Literacy competencies.  An outline of which badges can be matched to which of the five learning objectives can be found here. Departments may want to explore the use of these badges to meet part of the required learning objectives within the major, while students may want to progress through relevant quests and challenges in order to enhance what they are learning in their major.

How do I learn more?

Trudi Jacobson, Head of Information Literacy, and Kelsey O’Brien, Information Literacy Librarian, are available to answer any questions you might have about the Metaliteracy Badges site. Send us an email or stop by the University Library during our office hours:


Professor Trudi Jacobson

Head of Information Literacy
Email: tjacobson@albany.edu
Office Hours: Mondays 11-12pm, LI-107D

Professor Kelsey O’Brien

Information Literacy Librarian
Email: klobrien@albany.edu
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-11am, LI-107A

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