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Microcredentials

Get to know TSTC Microcredentials

TSTC is committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals, and we understand that communicating your credentials in an ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging. That is why we have partnered with Credly to provide you with a digital version of your credentials.

 

Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital résumés, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. This digital image contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them.

What is a digital badge?

A digital badge is a visual online representation of an accomplishment, skill, interest or other achievement.

An open digital badge allows others to see and verify the actions needed to earn the badge. By providing transparency as to who issued the badge (in this case, Texas State Technical College) and what the microcredential requirements were to earn the badge, digital badges can differentiate our students.

 

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Badges are used to communicate valuable skills that can sometimes be difficult to show on a traditional transcript. Digital badges provide a way for students to validate and share these experiences with others in a w

How does earning a badge work?

Step 1: EARN

Complete your course(s) in participating programs.

 

Step 2: CLAIM

Once you’ve earned your badge, you’ll be sent a notification email from our badge provider and partner, Credly. Click the button in the email to accept your badge. Create and confirm your Credly account.

 

Step 3: SHARE

If you choose, you can “share” your badge on social media sites or place your badge directly on your digital résumé or e-portfolio.

What badges are currently available?

TSTC is currently offering microcredential badges to Tier 1 Performance-Based Education (PBE) programs.

For a list of programs currently awarding badges, click here.

TSTC plans to award microcredential badges to additional PBE programs over the next few years.

How can I communicate my accomplishment?

One of the most unique features of TSTC’s digital badges is the ability to communicate your accomplishments easily. Share your badge on social media sites, or incorporate them on your professional branding tools like a résumé or website.

The following sharing avenues are available through our badging partner, Credly:

  • Facebook.
  • LinkedIn.
  • Twitter.
  • Via email.
  • Embedded in a website.
  • Place the badge on an electronic résumé.
FAQs

Q: What if I don’t want my badge to be public?

A: You can easily configure your privacy settings in Credly. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.

 

Q: Is there a fee to use Credly?

A: No. This is a service we provide to you at no cost. 

 

Q: What are labor market insights, and how can I access them through Credly?

A: Labor market insights are pulled from live job requisitions. Based on your skills, you can learn which employers are hiring, what job titles you might be qualified for, salary ranges and more. Search active job listings and even apply for them with just a few clicks through Credly. Access the labor market insights from your Badge Details page by clicking on Related Jobs, or by clicking on the skill tags assigned to your badge. 

 

Q: I have a question about the Credly platform. Where can I find support?

A: You can find answers to frequently asked questions here:  support.credly.com

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