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The Fun of Merit Badges Without the Sewing Kits

Posted by Dean Asher on Mar 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Topics: mbs direct

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By Carrie Watkins, Digital Sales Consultant, MBS Direct

You might notice a few icons pop up near your account manager's picture on their websites. Carrie Watkins, Digital Consultant for MBS Direct’s Content Solutions Group, explains just what they mean.

As young Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, we did leaf rubbings, practiced swimming and learned how to build a fire. And when we proved that we could do these things well, we earned a badge to display proudly on our sashes. Once we learned to sew, that is.

These days, badging has broken free of the sash. Schools and businesses use badges to show learning in a different light. Individual skills receive their own badge, showcasing the specific knowledge of the person who earned it. The best badging systems allow the organization to include artifacts to show what the learner mastered. Instead of simply saying a student got a B in math, the student would earn a badge when they mastered adding fractions, and a separate badge for subtracting fractions. All together, the badges show a better picture of what the student has learned.

On the business side, there is a similar need to showcase skill sets of continued learning. A badging system shows the employer the time and effort put into professional learning specifically for what is important to the job. It also can provide some insight into where the employee might have some hidden talents. Badging also shows clients the training and knowledge of the person they are working with.

MBS Direct is launching a badging system for our Client Services department last fall to more formally recognize the training each of our account managers complete, as well as offer a few stretch goals for them. Using the platform Credly, MBS Direct will create badges with specific requirements. Once an account manager completes the requirements, we'll award the badge and it will appear on that team member's Credly page. We're working on adding these badges (or at least a select few of them) to each Account Manager's webpage, and some are adding them to their signature lines.

As a partner school, these badges will let you know the type of training and additional certifications your account manager has completed, as well as a few fun badges for being awesome employees. You'll see badges when they have proven they can demonstrate our eBook platforms, when we get compliments from their schools about them, and when they've hit certain milestones.

Keep a lookout for our Credly page for a list of all the badges we have for our team. Once they're posted, we'll keep them updated and constantly add more. Maybe we'll start adding some our partner schools can earn? No sewing involved, we promise!

About Dean Asher

Dean Asher is a former copywriter with MBS. Though he no longer writes for us, he is still proud of having helped this blog continue to evolve as an industry-leading resource of news and original content.

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