Maricopa Digital Badging is a faculty-driven opportunity for districtwide recognition of skills, achievements, and experiences that faculty care about and that can be verified by an established set of criteria. The focus is on successfully demonstrating mastery of competencies (i.e., outcomes-based learning), rather than time-on-task or seat-time.
This framework allows the Colleges to implement their own faculty development programs while allowing for the transferability of recognition between Colleges. Maricopa digital badges are verified by the Maricopa Digital Badging Alliance.
Who is Supporting Maricopa Digital Badges?
The Maricopa Digital Badge Alliance (MDBA) is composed of MCCCD faculty and staff serving on the District Faculty Development Committee, Directors of Centers for Teaching and Learning, Adjunct Faculty, and representatives from the Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI). The goal of the MDBA is to ensure consistency in the processes of submitting a proposal to develop and earn a digital badge.
Why Districtwide Digital Badges?
Professional development can occur in a variety of settings throughout an individual’s career. This could include attending a workshop offered by a college, professional conference, participating in mentorships, or prior professional experience. Maricopa digital badges provide an opportunity to recognize the achievement of meaningful and significant practices, without the requirement of seat-time or time-on-task in a formal learning environment. Badges can also provide an identified, focused direction for district-wide professional development in a variety of areas including, but not limited to:
Professional development opportunities may be scaffolded across different levels, depending on the depth and complexity of the specific area. Each college determines the faculty development programming to support faculty in developing evidence demonstrating the achievement of district-wide professional development areas.
Who Should Issue Maricopa Digital Badges?
MCCCD faculty, staff, and administrators can issue districtwide badges. Issuers complete training on the process of issuing districtwide digital badges. The purpose of the training is to develop consistency in the evaluation, feedback, and issuance process.
Apply to Issue Maricopa Digital Badges
Maricopa digital badges recognize districtwide mastery of competencies focused on evidence-based teaching strategies and practices. In order to have districtwide digital badges that are consistent, the principal applicant must complete the Maricopa Digital Badges training and submit an application for review by the Maricopa Digital Badging Alliance. Residential Faculty must serve as the principal applicant.