As you pursue new interests and grow in your career, there is always a need to build skills and knowledge. Earning a degree or certificate is one way to develop your proficiencies — but a formal program isn't always right for every person or situation.
That's why CSU offers online digital badges — to provide more flexible ways to learn and earn credentials.
Earn badges online from CSU
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What is a digital badge?
A digital badge is a visual representation of skills or knowledge you have gained. You earn a digital badge each time you successfully complete one of a variety of our short online courses.
CSU's digital badge programs allow you to customize your education to meet your specific needs and interests. Take the courses you want to take, and build your own unique set of credentials.
Badges earned through CSU are organized in a hierarchy that you can build upon:
Trek Badges – Earn Trek Badges for each single course completed.
Quest Badges – Earn Quest Badges for completing either a single course or a group of courses, depending on the program.
Mastery Badge – Earn a Mastery Badge upon completion of all courses within a program.
How can CSU's digital badges be used?
Once you earn them, you can share your digital badges among your professional and personal network. Display them on your resume, online portfolio, website, and social media pages.
The badges you display in digital locations are clickable, linking to where they are stored in Mozilla Backpack. This allows others to see details about what you learned, and that your credentials were earned from CSU. Think of this as an alternative to transcripts.
Who can earn digital badges online?
Anyone can earn digital badges. They are not for academic credit, and do not require you to complete prerequisites or apply to the University. Simply enroll in a course, learn new skills, and immediately share them to demonstrate what you have learned.
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