Digital Badging at George Brown
The Excellence in Research & Innovation badge is awarded in recognition of hands-on real world experience gained outside the classroom in the student’s field of study.
Distributed by Research & Innovation to commemorate student involvement in research projects, these badges can be attached to a LinkedIn page, Facebook account, or wherever a prospective employer may see it. These badges go beyond what’s learned in class to acknowledge the skills that don’t appear on a transcript: the ability to problem-solve, communicate with team members and produce innovative solutions to industry problems.
A History of Badging at George Brown College
In 2014, Research and Innovation at George Brown College rolled out a new digital badging program to recognize student participation and achievement in applied research. The inaugural Excellence in Research and Innovation digital badge was presented to John-Allan Ellingson, a recent graduate of the Mechanical Engineering program.
In 2015, a second Innovation Badge was distributed to students, as well as a series of specialized badges designed to mark specific achievements and awards.
More badges are being planned to mark soft skills and other accomplishments.