Digital Badges

At Southern, we are committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals, and we understand that communicating your credentials in an ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging. That is why we have partnered with Credly to provide you with a digital version of your credentials. Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, as well as on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. This digital image contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them.

See all of the digital badges offered currently through SCSU. Keep checking back as more badges are being added frequently.



Q: What is an open badge?
A: Open badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification, or learning outcome that can be verified in real-time, online.

Q: How does my certification get displayed as a badge?
A: We have partnered with Credly to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a badge issued and managed through the company's digital badging platform. The technology Credly uses is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share, and verify your competencies digitally.

Q: What are the benefits of a badge?
A: Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted, and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of. Credly also offers labor market insights based on your skills. You can search and apply for job opportunities right through Credly.

Q: Who is Credly?
A: Credly is the end-to-end solution for issuing and managing digital credentials. Credly works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals worldwide.

Q: How will I know if I’ve earned a badge?
A: You will receive an email notification from Credly ( with instructions on how to claim your badge and set up your account.

Q: What if I don’t want my badge to be public?
A: You can easily configure your privacy settings in Credly. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.

Q: Is there a fee for using Credly?
A: No. This is a service we provide to you at no cost.

Q: What’s to keep someone else from copying and using my badge?
A: While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on Credly. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credentials and your associated identity.

Q: Where and how can I share my badge through Credly?
A: You can share your badge directly from Credly to LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, over email, embedded in a website, or in your email signature.

Q: What are labor market insights, and how can I access them through Credly?
A: Labor market insights are pulled from live job requisitions. Based on your skills, you can learn which employers are hiring, what job titles you might be qualified for, salary ranges, and more. Search active job listings and even apply for them with just a few clicks through Credly. Access the labor market insights from your badge details page by clicking on Related Jobs or by clicking on the skill tags assigned to your badge.

Q: Can I export badges issued through Credly to other badge-storing platforms?
A: Yes, you can download your badge from the Share Badge page. Your downloaded badge contains Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) compliant metadata embedded into the image. This allows you to store your badge on other OBI-compliant badge sites, such as the Badgr Backpack.  

Q: Can I import badges issued from other platforms into Credly?
A: Not at this time.

Q: I have a question about Credly. Where can I find support?
A: View tutorials and answers to additional questions.

Q: I am a staff or faculty member at SCSU looking to create and issue badges. Where do I find the correct forms to submit?
A: You can find all of the forms through the main menu or here.