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Project #139

Digital Badges for Creativity and Critical Thinking

The purpose of the Digital Badges for Creativity and Critical Thinking Project was to create a digital badge curriculum to certify and acknowledge skills attainment for creativity and critical thinking, and deploy this curriculum for a subset of undergraduate students in Community Health.


  • Mapped library learning outcome to undergraduate community health curriculum.
  • Established a system for deploying instructional content and credentialing student mastery of information literacy competencies.
  • Piloted credentialing system in a subset of undergraduate community health courses.


Key accomplishments of this project include the development of a badge curriculum for existing Community and Public Health courses, the development of assignments and assessments geared toward specific learning outcomes, and the strong collaborative relationships developed by the project team. Nearly 200 students were enrolled in the three participating classes: 

  • PHE 250 - Our Community, Our Health
  • PHE 327U - Community Nutrition
  • PHE 354U - Social Gerontology
The main take home lesson from the team is that the instructional design work behind the badges enriched course curriculum. However, the technology and implementation of the badges may need to be reviewed as badge technology is nascent and might only work to motivate some students, while endangering the motivation of others.

This project explored a model of delivering and tracking learning outcomes, and how librarians can partner with teaching faculty to integrate creativity and critical thinking into disciplinary course offerings. Based on this framework, the Library General Education team is considering how these findings may influence their future efforts.

This work has already had regional and national impact, evidenced by scholarly articles and forthcoming presentations.

Badges can be viewed on PSU Library’s Credly Profile


For more information, please see the End-of-Project Report, Project Artifacts and Final Expenditure Report.


  • Emily Ford - Urban and Public Affairs Librarian, Library


  • Betty Izumi, Assistant Professor, School of Community Health
  • Aifang Gordon, Instructional Designer, Office of Academic Innovation
  • Jost Lottes, Research Associate, Institute on Aging
  • Dawn Richardson, Assistant Professor, School of Community Health
  • Marilyn Moody - Dean, University LibraryStephen Percy - Dean, College of Urban & Public Affairs
  • Stephen Percy - Dean, College of Urban & Public Affairs
  • Carlos Crespo - Interim Dean, College of Urban & Public Affairs
  • Leslie McBride - Interim Director, School of Community Health, and Associate Professor



Project Management Plan 

Project Plan

Status Reports

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Original Proposal