Credentials

Students building out their ePortfolio have an opportunity to showcase their evaluated skills through our ePortoflio credential structure. In addition to collecting and connecting experiences in which they have participated, students are also able to present evidence of developed skills which have been evaluated by supervisors. These four credentials represent skills employers have indicated as essential for graduates to succeed in the workforce. Students earn these credentials by achieving target scores in evaluated Career Connect experiences.  


Written Communication

Written communication is the development and expression of ideas in writing and involves learning to work in many genres and styles. It can involve working with many different writing technologies and mixing texts, data, and images.

Recipients of the written communication badge have achieved a level of proficient or distinguished on the following five criteria:

  • Context of and Purpose for Writing
  • Organization
  • Content Development
  • Genre and Disciplinary Conventions
  • Sources and Evidence                 

 

Oral Communication

Oral communication is a prepared, purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners' attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.

Recipients of the oral communication badge have achieved a level of proficient or distinguished on the following four criteria:

  • Focuses on Central Message
  • Uses Compelling Delivery Techniques
  • Uses Compelling Language
  • Includes Supporting Material

 

    Teamwork

    Teamwork is behaviors under the control of individual team members (effort they put into team tasks, their manner of interacting with others on team, and the quantity and quality of contributions they make to team discussions.)

    Recipients of the teamwork badge have achieved a level of proficient or distinguished on the following five criteria:

    • Contributes to Project Planning and Management
    • Contributes Work to Advance Project
    • Fosters Collaboration Among Team Members
    • Supports Constructive Team Climate
    • Responds to Feedback and Conflict

     

    Critical Thinking

    Critical thinking is a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.

    Recipients of the critical thinking badge have achieved a level of proficient or distinguished on the following five criteria:

    • Describes the Problem, Question, or Issue
    • Questions Evidence
    • Considers Context and Assumptions
    • Justifies Position
    • Presents Conclusions and Related Outcomes

     


      Earning a Microcredential

      UNT faculty and staff members can assess one or more of the four Career Connect skills using rubrics developed by Career Connect (see rubrics). As students complete the activity, the work they submit is rated on one or more of the four skills by the faculty. If it receives a rating of 3 or higher, the assignment is badged thus providing a micocredential in the skill rated. 

      Career Connect will work with faculty and staff to identify and collect appropriate evidence which will be used to complete the rubric and ultimately assess the targeted skill(s). Training on how to utilize and integrate the rubric into the course will also be provided. If you are interested in partnering with Career Connect contact Meena Naik.