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Global Cougs Digital Badges

What are Digital Badges?

The Global Cougs Digital Badges give all WSU students a path to develop global competencies without traveling abroad. They also help prepare and orient students before departing on a traditional study abroad program. Each of the 6 Global Cougs badges is grounded in a specific Global Learning value, which provides a unique and translatable framework for global learning outcomes. Earning one or all of the 6 badges equips students with global knowledge, engaging experiences, and new ways of thinking about the world and the people in it!

Why should I earn Digital Badges?

  1. Digital Badges demonstrate skills and qualifications that tell a story beyond your diploma or academic certificate.
  2. Digital Badges build your professional portfolio! Include your badges on your resume, LinkedIn, etc.
  3. If traditional study abroad isn’t an option for you, Digital Badges give you an equal opportunity to develop your global competencies. You can earn a Digital Badge from your home campus, or anywhere in the world for free!
  4. You will receive a certificate for each Digital Badge you earn, which can be verified by future employers when they email ip.globallearning@wsu.edu.

Details about Digital Badges

Global Self-Awareness

  • Examine your role in a global context. Through earning this badge, you will develop a mature, integrated identity with an understanding of the systemic interrelationships among the self, local, global communities, and natural world.
  • Requirements:
    • 1 hour core Global Self-Awareness workshop (accessible in the application)
    • 3 elective experiences relating to Global Self-Awareness (Search the Digital Badge Connect webpage for experiences, and corresponding forms which you will upload to your application)


Perspective Taking

  • Walk in someone else’s shoes, even when it’s difficult. Earning this badge will prove your ability to engage and learn from perspectives and experiences different from your own and understand how your place in the world both informs and limits your knowledge of it.
  • Requirements:
    • 1 hour core Perspective-Taking workshop (accessible in the application)
    • 3 elective experiences relating to Perspective Taking (Search the Digital Badge Connect webpage for experiences, and corresponding forms which you will upload to your application)


Cultural Diversity

  • Engage with other cultures to address significant global problems. Work to have the ability to recognize the origins and influences of your own cultural heritage along with its limitations. Develop the curiosity to learn and collaborate respectfully within the cultural diversity of other people.
  • Requirements:
    • 1 hour core Cultural Diversity workshop
    • 3 elective experiences relating to Cultural Diversity (Search the Digital Badge Connect webpage for experiences, and corresponding forms which you will upload to your application)


Personal & Social Responsibility

  • Understand the local and global impacts of individual and collective actions. This badge will enable you to recognize your responsibilities to society – locally, nationally, and globally – and develop a perspective on ethical and power relations across the globe and within societies.
  • Requirements
    • 1 hour core Personal & Social Responsibility workshop (accessible in the application)
    • 3 elective experiences relating to Personal & Social Responsibility (Search the Digital Badge Connect webpage for experiences, and corresponding forms which you will upload to your application)


Understanding Global Systems

  • Advocate for informed, appropriate action to solve complex global problems. Understand the complex and overlapping worldwide systems that operate in observable patterns and are affected by or are the result of human design or disruption.
  • Requirements:
    • 1 hour core Understanding Global Systems workshop (available in the application)
    • 3 elective experiences relating to Understanding Global Systems (Search the Digital Badge Connect webpage for experiences, and corresponding forms which you will upload to your application)


Knowledge Application

  • Develop solutions to the world’s most pressing and interconnected problems. By understanding the integrated and systemic interrelationships between past and present challenges, you can effectively apply knowledge and put skills into action.
  • Requirements:
    • 1 hour core Knowledge Application workshop (available in the application)
    • 3 elective experiences relating to Knowledge Application (Search the Digital Badge Connect webpage for experiences, and corresponding forms which you will upload to your application)

Learn more about Digital Badges

I’m still a bit confused, what about an info session?

  • Yes! We will be holding weekly info sessions every Tuesday at 4:30pm PT on Digital Badges to answer any questions you may have about this new and exciting program!