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*Research Data Services @ Georgia State University Library: GSU Data Ready! Badges


NEW GSU Data Ready! Badges Micro-Credentialing started January 2022!

Earn multiple digital micro-credential badges by completing the various data skills workshop series offered by the Library's Research Data Services (RDS) team.

Receive your digital badges immediately upon completion of badge learning assessments.

Easily share your digital badges via social media platforms, embedded code on websites, or direct links to your Badgr Backpack.

CLICK HERE to enroll and earn GSU Data Ready! Badges


NOTE: Only current GSU affiliates (students, faculty, and staff) can earn the GSU Data Ready! Badges at this time.


How to earn GSU Data Ready! Badges...

  1. See the BADGES boxes on this page to learn about the Library's Research Data Services (RDS) data skills workshops for which you can earn badges:
    1. BADGES - Data Literacy! Series [4 total badges]
    2. BADGES - Software & Coding Training [11 total badges]
  2. Find listings of live workshops on the library calendar OR see our recorded workshops.
  3. After attending a live or recorded workshop series, go to the GSU Library's Stacks course catalog to enroll in the appropriate GSU Data Ready! Badge course -- you MUST use your GSU CampusID to sign in to enroll:
    1. Data Literacy! Series [GSU Data Ready! Badges] course - COMING SOON!
    2. Software & Coding Training [GSU Data Ready! Badges] course
  4. Once enrolled using your GSU CampusID, you'll be directed to the badge course page -- there you'll find individual modules that correspond to the individual badges.
  5. Complete the required quiz assessments for a badge -- once you score 100% on all the badge module's quizzes, you'll automatically receive your badge from the Badgr system.
  6. Share your badge via several modes: (1) social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, (2) embedded code on websites, or (3) direct links to your Badgr Backpack [requires Badgr account].

Questions?

See our FAQs at the bottom of this page -- More questions? Contact Dr. Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, the Library's Research Data Services (RDS) Team leader.

BADGES - Data Literacy! Series [4 badges]


BADGES - Data Literacy! Series

[4 badges]

Data Literacy! Series badge and workshops cover core data literacy skills with real-life examples and expose students to a variety of data tools. COMING SOON!


STEPS to earn the Data Literacy! Series Badge:

 
STEPS 1-3: Earn these three badges:
Data Ready! Badge
Fundamental Tools and Concepts

COMING SOON!

 
Data Storytelling! Badge
Fundamentals of Data Storytelling 

COMING SOON!

 
Data Collection! Badge
Fundamentals of Data Collection

COMING SOON!

 

 

STEP 4: Attend one additional intro-level data workshop of your choice from the Data Literacy! Series course page, complete its quiz learning assessment, and...

Congratulations!

You earned the Data Literacy! Series Badge

 


Data skills are highly valued by today's employers -- "the most lucrative skill[s] to have" and "the most valuable skill[s] you can learn." By earning GSU Data Ready! Badges, you demonstrate to potential employers that you are committed to growing the data skills that they look for in hires. 

Applying for jobs? 
  • Add your badges to your résumé or CV, to Portfolium (gsu.portfolium.com), or to the Licenses & Certifications section of your LinkedIn profile.
  • Describe the skills you learned using GSU's College-to-Career (CTC) Competency Skills – learn more at collegetocareer.gsu.edu 
Got the job interview? Talk up your data skills! For example:
  • Talk about how knowing data analysis programs like R or SPSS will help you analyze data to improve the company's or organization's services.
  • Talk about how you can use Tableau to make interactive data visualization dashboards for company/organization client engagement.
Applying for graduate school? 
  • Tell graduate programs what you learned and how you are now better prepared to be successful in their program.
  • The programs will see your initiative as great preparation for the data skills you'll be learning during your graduate studies.

 

BADGES - Software & Coding Training [11 badges]


BADGES - Software & Coding Training

[11 badges]

Software & Coding Training badges and workshops cover skills in quantitative & qualitative data analysis, data visualization, and data collection & discovery.


Data Discovery Ready! Badge
Finding Existing Data & Secondary Datasets Training

COMING SOON!

 

Data Viz Ready! Badge
Tableau Software & Social Explorer Tool Training

Workshops Info | Go Earn the Badge!

 

GIS Ready! Badge
ArcGIS Mapping Visualization Software Training

Workshops Info | Go Earn the Badge!

 

NVivo Ready! Badge
Qualitative Data Analysis Software Training

Workshops Info | Go Earn the Badge!

 

Python Ready! Badge
Quantitative Data Analysis Coding Training

Workshops Info | Go Earn the Badge!

 

R Basics Ready! Badge
Quantitative Data Analysis Coding Training

Workshops Info | Go Earn the Badge!

 

R Advanced Ready! Badge
Quantitative Data Analysis Coding Training

Workshops Info | Go Earn the Badge!

 

SAS Ready! Badge
Quantitative Data Analysis Coding Training

COMING SOON!

 

SPSS Ready! Badge
Quantitative Data Analysis Software Training

Workshops Info | Go Earn the Badge!

 

Stata Ready! Badge
Quantitative Data Analysis Coding Training

Workshops Info | Go Earn the Badge!

 

Web Scraping Ready! Badge
Web & Social Media Data Collection Training

Workshops Info | Go Earn the Badge!


FAQs

What is a "digital micro-credential badge"?

A digital badge/micro-credential is a visual symbol of accomplishment. They can be awarded for any definable achievement and earned in many learning environments, games, or the workplace. We are using the GSU Stacks/Canvas system and the Badgr "Open Badges" system to award verifiable badges -- click here for more information about Badgr and Open Badges.

Is there some type of enrollment for earning the GSU Data Ready! Badges?

Yes. You must go to the GSU Library's Stacks course catalog and sign in with your GSU CampusID to enroll in the appropriate GSU Data Ready! Badge course: 

  1. Data Literacy! Series [GSU Data Ready! Badges] course - COMING SOON!
  2. Software & Coding Training [GSU Data Ready! Badges] course

Is there a cost for earning the GSU Data Ready! Badges?

No. Attending the data workshops and earning GSU Data Ready! Badges is FREE!

Can current GSU students, faculty, and staff earn the GSU Data Ready! Badges?

Yes. Current GSU affiliates (students, faculty, and staff) can earn the GSU Data Ready! Badges. A GSU CampusID is required to sign in to enroll for the badge courses.

Can NON-GSU people and GSU Alumni earn the GSU Data Ready! Badges?

No. Only current GSU affiliates (students, faculty, and staff) can earn the GSU Data Ready! Badges.

Can NON-GSU people and GSU Alumni still attend data workshops?

Yes. GSU alumni and Non-GSU people are welcome to attend live workshops or recorded workshops.

Can I still get an RDS@GSU Data Certification by attending a minimum 5 data workshops?

No. We have stopped our attendance-based certification program and replaced it with this new digital badges micro-credentialing program that requires completion of quiz assessments to earn GSU Data Ready! Badges.

What is the time and effort commitment for attending workshops and completing the quiz learning assessments to earn the badge?

Each badge requires completing two or three workshops, typically totaling about 5 to 7.5 hours of time commitment for the workshop itself. The number of total quiz questions to earn a badge typically range between 10 to 15 (roughly 5 questions per workshop) and are a mix of multiple choice, true/false, or matching. Once you score 100% on all the badge module's quizzes, you'll automatically receive your badge from the Badgr system.

Does attending a Data in the ATL talk or Data Empowered Event count toward GSU Data Ready! Badges?

No. ​Only workshops in which a methodology and/or a software application is taught and that involve learning specific data/methods skills count toward the badges; Data in the ATL talks and Data Empowered Events do not meet these specific outcomes.

I received an email from Default Frontend Config <noreply@badgr.com> when I completed my badge -- is this a legitimate email?

Yes. We know it looks suspicious, but currently we have no way to change the automated Badgr email so that the From: name does not say Default Frontend Config. Rest assured, the email from the badgr.com site is safe to open, whether it goes directly to your GSU email Inbox, into the Junk folder, or into spam quarantine.

Am I required to create a Badgr account to earn the GSU Data Ready! Badges?

No, but recommended. While not required to receive badges, we recommend creating a Badgr account so you can take advantage of Badgr's Backpack feature for easily sharing your digital badges with others.

Will my GSU Data Ready! Badge expire?

No. The GSU Data Ready! Badges do not expire. Your badge will have the issue date on it to indicate when you received the badge.

Is there a way to verify the GSU Data Ready! Badges to ensure their credibility?

Yes. Every badge page indicates that it's been verified, provides a Re-verify Badge button to verify on the spot, and includes an Independently Verify Badge link to Open Badges 2.0 Validator to validate the badge and verify the recipient.

I am a GSU course instructor -- may I assign GSU Data Ready! Badges to students in my GSU course for required or extra credit?

Yes, please do! Students can attend live workshops or recorded workshops on their own time, go to the GSU Library's Stacks course catalog to enroll in the appropriate GSU Data Ready! Badge course, and complete our quiz learning assessments to earn badges. Once students receive a badge, have them share it with you for verification by either (1) having them forward their Badgr email notification, or (2) having them create a Badgr account to then send you a link to their badge in their Badgr BackpackIt's that easy!

I am a course instructor but not at GSU -- may I assign GSU Data Ready! Badges to students in my Non-GSU course for required or extra credit?

No. Only GSU course instructors can assign GSU Data Ready! Badges for required or extra credit because only current GSU affiliates (students, faculty, and staff) can earn the GSU Data Ready! Badges. Non-GSU students are welcome to attend live workshops or recorded workshops, and Non-GSU instructors are welcome to assign workshops and create their own approach for having students verify workshop attendance. NOTE: We cannot track attendance for you.

Does attending a Data in the ATL talk or Data Empowered Event count toward GSU Data Ready! Badges?

No. ​Only workshops in which a methodology and/or a software application is taught and that involve learning specific data/methods skills count toward the badges; Data in the ATL talks and Data Empowered Events do not meet these specific outcomes.

I have more questions -- who can I ask?

Contact Dr. Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, the Library's Research Data Services (RDS) Team leader.