Badges FAQ for Students
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.
Who can earn a badge?
Anyone who successfully completes the required quests and challenges can earn a badge! To get started on the Metaliteracy website, all you need is a registration code. If you are completing quests for a class you will receive this code from your instructor. If you are interested in earning quests outside of a class you may request a code through our contact form.
How do I earn a badge?
Register for the Metaliteracy Badges website using the invitation code (see above: Who can earn a badge?) assigned to your class. Once you are logged on you may pick a quest to complete, or pursue a higher level achievement such as a challenge or badge. Clicking on a challenge or badge will show you the steps involved in earning it. Professors can assign specific quests or challenges for their students to complete or users can work on their own. You can earn badges in any order.
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 you have that relate to your application. Professors can assign quests to students in their classes and use the badges as evidence that students completed the work.
What will I learn by completing a quest?
The Metaliteracy site features quests and challenges that teach you a range of knowledge and skills that will help you not only become a better researcher but also a more savvy and thoughtful consumer and creator of information in your academic, professional and personal life.
Topics covered include your role as an information translator and teacher, search strategizing, evaluating information, working with different formats of information, collaborative creation and more!
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
Professor Kelsey O’Brien
Information Literacy Librarian