Access To All is creating accessible, inclusive, engaging, innovative digital badges to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of consumers. From CEOs to employees, higher education administrators and faculty, nonprofit and government organizations, digital badges and micro credentials are the new tools for advancing understanding and meeting DEIA goals.
Access To All is creating digital badges and micro-credentials that advance knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) through a disability lens. These digital badges and micro-credentials are designed to provide education and training in this part of their strategic plan for the Center.
What are Digital Badges and Micro-credentials?
A micro-credential is like a mini-certification. They are usually digital, short, and relatively low-cost courses that have a specific focus on demonstrating proficiency in a particular skill. Learners can earn micro-credentials in a number of ways, for example, through completing a course, a series of modules, or a traditional assessment.
Digital badges are simply a visual representation of a micro-credential. Once learners have demonstrated proficiency in the required skill, they’re provided with a digital badge. Badges can be shared on social media, added to email signatures, displayed on resumes, and added to digital badge wallets like Credly and OpenBadges.
A digital badge isn’t just a pretty picture. It’s backed up with a skeleton of metadata – this includes information on the issuer, the individual who received the badge, the criteria to earn it, and evidence that the criteria has been fulfilled. This metadata makes digital badges easily verified as legitimate compared to a paper certificate.
How Access To All is Using Digital Badges and Micro-credentials
Access To All is using digital badges and micro-credentials to provide education and training in DEIA through a disability lens. These digital badges and micro-credentials are designed to help learners gain knowledge and understanding of DEIA concepts and how they apply to individuals with disabilities.
The preliminary modules in development through CIDAD include:
- Inclusive and Equitable Workplace Environments
- Equal and Full Participants in Communication
- Workplace Relationships
- Organizational Mobility and Leadership Opportunities
- Accessibility and Accommodation
- Accountability within the Workplace for People with Disabilities
By earning these digital badges and micro-credentials, learners can demonstrate their proficiency in these concepts and show that they have the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities. This can help them in their personal and professional lives as they work towards creating more inclusive communities.
How Digital Badges and Micro-credentials Can Help with Traveling Abroad
One way that these digital badges and micro-credentials can help with traveling abroad is by providing learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate different cultures and environments. By understanding DEIA concepts through a disability lens, learners can be better prepared to advocate for their own rights or the rights of others while traveling abroad.
Additionally, having these digital badges and micro-credentials can help learners demonstrate their proficiency in these concepts to others. This can be especially helpful when traveling abroad where there may be language barriers or cultural differences. By having a visual representation of their knowledge and skills, learners can more easily communicate their abilities to others.
How do you think these digital badges and micro-credentials could help you when traveling abroad?
Access To All is advancing knowledge and understanding of DEIA through a disability lens by creating digital badges and micro-credentials. These digital badges and micro-credentials provide education and training in this part of their strategic plan for the Center for International Disability Advocacy and Diplomacy. By earning these digital badges and micro-credentials, learners can gain knowledge and skills that can help them in their personal and professional lives.