New Blackboard Features for Fall 2013Blackboard has released new features and tools that are available for the Fall 2013 semester. This post is the fifth in a series that explores each new feature. You can find links to all posts in this series at the bottom of the page.

If you have questions about any of the new features or Blackboard in general, get in touch with any member of the Instructional Design team. We are happy to go over them with you!

Achievement Badges

Badges and non-degree certificates of learning are a growing trend in education. The idea behind these awards is that they can recognize students’ specific masteries and achievements in a visual way that they can share beyond the walls of academia, such as through social media and online portfolios. Because students have evidence of their skill sets through these badges, they can be in a better position to get hired for related internships and jobs.

Blackboard has made it easy for instructors to integrate badges into their Blackboard courses with the new achievements tool. Check out this quick video introduction to learn more:

Contact the ID Team if you are interested in using Achievement badges or certificates in your courses!