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Badges

It takes time and commitment to continuously enhance instructional expertise – an effort that contributes to our students’ success. The Center for Teaching Excellence recognizes that faculty do much more than warm a seat when they participate in our professional development programs.

Our badge program helps faculty document their commitment to and showcase their application of research-based pedagogies in their classrooms. With three badge tracks and three skill levels in each track, faculty have the opportunity to show breadth of training across topics or depth of training in a particular area. Consult the chart below for details on tracks and skill levels.

To earn a badge, complete the following steps:

  1. Select and attend 4 different workshops in a track (~4 contact hours).
  2. At the end of each workshop session, complete and submit an action plan. The action plan allows you to reflect on your take-away from the workshop and set specific goals to accomplish based on your learning. Action plans are distributed at the end of each workshop, or you can submit the action plan online.*
  3. After completing steps one and two for each of the four workshops, submit a capstone reflection to reflect on instructional changes, their implementation, and effectiveness. Reflections will be assessed for credit with a set of standardized competencies. To earn the badge, be sure that your reflection meets the competency guidelines.
  4. To level up a badge, repeat the above process in the same track up to three times. Capstones are assessed with progressively more rigorous standards at each level. All participants begin a badge track at the Proficiency level.

Badge Tracks

Evidence-Based Teaching
Learning Outcomes

  • Identify evidence-based teaching strategies for student engagement and learning success
  • Select & implement appropriate strategies for your teaching context
  • Assess effectiveness of teaching strategies in achieving learning outcomes
Teaching with Technology
Learning Outcomes

  • Identify instructional technologies to enhance instruction
  • Evaluate technology usefulness in achieving course learning outcomes
  • Implement technologies responsibly and meaningfully
Professional Planning & Growth
Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify internal and external resources and opportunities for professional growth
  • Select appropriate opportunities and develop a plan to pursue them
  • Reflect on professional growth as a result of opportunities pursued

*Each semester we offer a range of different workshops in each track. 

Badge Levels: Example

The example below demonstrates how you might progressively level up an Evidence-Based Teaching badge.

  • Attend Course Reflection + Submit Action Plan
  • Attend Student Learning Outcomes + Submit Action Plan
  • Attend Performance-Based Assessments and Rubrics + Submit Action Plan
  • Attend Motivating and Retaining Student Learning Gains + Submit Action Plan
  • Submit a Capstone Reflection for Assessment
4 workshops Proficiency

  • Earn Evidence Based Teaching Proficiency Badge
  • Attend Fostering Self-Motivated Learners + Submit Action Plan
  • Attend Getting Started with Service-Learning + Submit Action Plan
  • Attend Objective Exams + Submit Action Plan
  • Attend Diversity and Inclusion Panel + Submit Action Plan
  • Submit a Capstone Reflection for Assessment + Submit Action Plan
4 workshops Mastery
  • Earn Evidence Based Teaching Mastery Badge
  • Attend Book Study Session 1 + Submit Action Plan
  • Attend Book Study Session 2 + Submit Action Plan
  • Attend Book Study Session 3 + Submit Action Plan
  • Attend Book Study Session 4 + Submit Action Plan
  • Submit a Capstone Reflection for Assessment
4 workshops Expertise

*Please note that action plans expire one year after submission. This gives you one year from the submission of your first action plan to complete a badge.

Last updated: 1/28/2020