Teacher Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Digital Badges – new and optional awards system
The Health and Safety Authority Open Badges awarding system is a way of recognising the achievement and completion by students of each unit of the HSA range of Choose Safety programmes. It awards a ‘digital badge’ to students who complete any of the six individual units and any of the four Choose Safety full programmes on offer. This may particularly suit students and teachers who don’t complete the entire programme but rather concentrate on some units. See below for further information on badges. Digital badges can sit on your social networking site, your on-line CV, your badge backpack or other on-line profile. Choose Safety certificates of completion and distinction are available in the normal way through your Choose Safety co-ordinator contactable through your local Education Centre.
What is a digital badge?
A badge is a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, competency or interest. Badges can be used to represent achievements, communicate successes and set goals. They can also support learning that happens beyond the traditional classroom.
Badges are a digital representation of the achievement. These are images that have extra information encoded into them which verifies course learning outcomes. The process for awarding badges is managed by the Health and Safety Authority’s badges portal.
Upon completion of one of the Choose Safety programmes, a Digital Badge can be awarded to the student in recognition of their increased understanding of health and safety at work. These will be awarded through the HSA Digital Badges portal. Further information on how to award digital badges is here.
Further information on Open Badges in general can be accessed at https://openbadges.org/
What will students do with digital badges?
When students complete each unit of the HSA Choose Safety programme they can earn a badge. They can collect the badges earned in their own on-line backpack in order to use them to show and share learning to teachers, parents, potential employers and friends.
How do I award badges as a teacher?
Beyond the facilitation and assessment of the Choose Safety programme, the only extra commitment to awarding badges will be to create a list of the students who have completed the different Choose Safety Programmes and follow a few simple steps outlined below. For further queries on awarding digital badges, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 1 - Deliver the Choose Safety Programme in your class
The Choose Safety Programme is a free programme available in the Republic of Ireland to post-primary schools and colleges of Further Education. It introduces senior cycle students/students in further education to the principles of workplace safety and health.
If you are interested in participating in HSA Choose Safety programmes, contact Kilkenny Education Centre
Kilkenny Education Centre:
Tel: 056 7760200
Step 2 - Register to award the badges
Register on the Badge Awarding platform (link below) to issue badges to your students for the Choose Safety programme. You simply need to fill out a form detailing your name, contact details and the details of your school in the Republic of Ireland. The HSA Education Unit will issue you with an account that enables you to award the badges to your students. You can apply anytime throughout the school year 2018-2019.
Step 3 - Award Badges
Once you have your account, you just need to collect the names and emails of the students in a spreadsheet and which badge they have earned and upload this list to the site. You can do this each time the students have earned a badge or do it at the end of the year when the Choose Safety programme is complete. The site will automatically create the student accounts, award the digital badges, and notify the students by email to log in and download the badge(s).