Global Collaboration Digital Badge

Students studying renewable energy in Costa Rica.

Students studying renewable energy in Costa Rica.

Integrate your global experiences with your academic and professional goals.

The Global Collaboration digital badge, offered through the Experiential Learning Network (ELN), will allow students to enhance their global collaboration experiences gained through collaborative online international learning (COIL) courses, study abroad or other mentored engagement with students or partners from diverse cultures or geographies. Through facilitated reflection, skill building and narrative exercises, students will gain insights and deepen their learning while preparing for interviews, fellowships and scholarships, or other key opportunities aligned with their academic and professional goals.

Who is eligible to earn a Global Collaboration Digital Badge?

Any student who has recently completed or is currently participating in a structured global collaboration experience that culminates in a project.

How is Global Collaboration defined for the purpose of this badge?

A GC experience involves working with members of another culture or community on a defined project with a tangible outcome under the direction of a mentor or instructor.

What courses or experiences count?

  • Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses (The list of available COIL courses will be updated each semester on the ELN website.)
  • Mentored independent study courses that include global collaboration projects
  • Students may propose other courses and experiences that meet the above definition. (Proposed courses and experiences will be evaluated on a case by case basis.)

What steps are involved in earning this Digital Badge?

  • Step 1: Write a self-assessment and description of your Global Collaboration experience.
  • Step 2: Attend two 20-minute skill-building workshops and submit a one-paragraph summary detailing what you learned and how you hope to apply insights and strategies. (A list of approved workshops will be posted on the ELN website and promoted through the ELN student listserv.)
  • Step 3: Complete and upload a final connected narrative project. Choose from 3 options.
    • Option 1: Connected narrative digital profile in the form of a 3 minute video.
    • Option 2: Approved personal statement to accompany a Fellowship or Scholarship application.
    • Option 3: A successful submission to the new Global Partner Studio (GPS) Journal.

Why is this valuable?

  • Many employers and graduate school programs are interested in skills, competencies and experiences obtained through global collaboration. But it can be difficult to find the right words to describe your experiences and how they are relevant. The Global Collaboration Digital Badge will provide a facilitated opportunity for you to connect your experiences with relevant learning outcomes in support of your academic and professional goals.
  • Upon earning this badge you will further develop your self-awareness and intercultural competencies, while crafting compelling narratives that support your academic, global and civic-related goals.

To learn more about micro-credentials and digital badges, please visit
https://www.buffalo.edu/micro-credentials.html