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UCC Works Digital Badges: A 21st Century micro-credential that evidence students’ life-wide journeys


UCC Career Services have been highly commended at the Association of Higher Education Careers Services Awards for Excellence in the Mansion House, Dublin on April 26th 2018. 

UCC Works was nominated by Professor John O’Halloran Deputy President and Registrar UCC, and was awarded highly commended for the project “UCC Works Award – Digital Badges: A 21st Century micro-credential that evidence students’ life wide journeys via online platforms.” 

UCC Career Services are the first careers service in Ireland to launch Digital Badges.  Digital Badges were formally launched in UCC on the 19th January, 2018 and are digital micro-credentials that recognise students’ non-accredited extra-curricular contributions, volunteering and civic engagement, made during their studies and are designed to be hosted online and shared on websites, blogs, ePortfolios, social networking platforms, email signatures and CVs.

Digital Badges help to provide readers with more ‘granular details’ on voluntary roles, civic engagement opportunities, skills and competencies acquired by students that are not routinely captured on the traditional university transcript.

Pictured left to right:   Sheila Byrne; Eleanor Donoghue (Standing); Jacqueline Quirke and Mary McNulty (Seated) UCC Career Services.  Round Room, Mansion House, April 26th 2018.

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