Co-curricular and badging

Complement your degree with co-curricular activities

Be recognised for participating in and completing approved co-curricular activities across a diverse range of categories with digital badges that can be shared online through the My eQuals platform.

What is Badging?

Badges are a visual representation of your co-curricular accomplishments and achievements that can be displayed, accessed, verified and shared online.

They expand on your academic results and demonstrate valuable skills and experiences unique to your time at UWA by providing a structured, accessible way in which you can articulate and communicate your attributes and skills to future employers.

How do I earn badges?

Official awarding of badges will be conducted through the My eQuals platform which is overseen by UWA's Student Life office. Badges are awarded per semester based on completion of approved professional development, volunteer or co-curricular activities that meet the badging eligibility criteria.

Badging categories and eligible activities

There are eight categories under which activities are allocated, all carefully selected to ensure they equip you with the skills, capabilities and knowledge to ‘make a difference’ and stand out to future employers.

  • Leadership

    Co-Curricular Leadership at UWA recognises the varied range of skills and attributes required to effectively participate in a range of activities in which the student represents stakeholders, leads by influencing and supporting others, or participates in activities in which leadership capabilities are being developed and learned. Students who are awarded a Leadership Badge have demonstrated significant effort and commitment to their activities, roles, and/or the people they serve.  Students who engage in leadership activities may also have been relied upon to assume responsibility for supporting team and/or community objectives. 

  • Careers and Employability

    Awarding of a Careers and Employability Badge recognises active engagement in employability activities and pursuit of career development. Students who are awarded this badge have demonstrated engagement in practical, real world experiences, skills and knowledge, supported by reflective practice. They can clearly articulate their skills and experiences, prepare professional career documentation, engage with industry, understand the labour market and have capacity to reflect and actively pursue their personal career development goals.

  • Entrepreneurial / Innovation

    Entrepreneurial students can identify opportunities and generate new ideas to create economic or social value. Skills and competencies include problem solving, design thinking, negotiation, communication and influence, and leadership. Students who have completed Entrepreneurial activities develop stronger business enterprise capabilities through participation in real world experiences that facilitate business development or social enterprise and applying skills in an organisational context such as non-profit, corporate, or government.

  • Professional Development

    Professional development is improving your skills and knowledge through learning and training to further your career. There are many independent learning activities that you can undertake to be awarded this badge, including within UWA, self-sourced or external. Examples of activities are listed below. All activities require you to reflect on your development and the contribution to your future career.

    More than one activity can contribute to the badge (a total of 40 hours):

    • Training programs
    • Conferences
    • Certificates - such as First Aid and Mental Health
    • Licenses
    • UWA programs, such as Career Mentor Link

  • Global Citizen

    Through participation in study abroad, international collaborations and/or internationally focused projects, students develop intercultural competence and a global perspective. Students receiving the Global Citizen badge have learned to recognise and negotiate cultural differences, and to appreciate the connection between the local and the global.  They have also experienced the benefits of drawing on diverse viewpoints to address issues or solve problems.

  • Digital Capability

    Students who receive this badge have exhibited an ability to use or develop ICT technologies in the service of stakeholders. They have demonstrated proficiency in deploying one or more digital technologies to address problems or deliver solutions, and an understanding of the social contexts and uses of ICT technologies.

  • Indigenous Awareness

    Recipients of the Indigenous Awareness badge have participated in cultural training activities that have expanded their understanding of Australian Indigenous culture and knowledge.

  • Community Impact

    Many students make valuable contributions to communities through volunteering their time. Volunteering activities are wide-ranging and hands on. The Community Impact award recognises the efforts of students who have made a sustained effort to support one or more communities over an extended period, demonstrating ongoing commitment to service.

     

Why Badges?

Digital badges provide evidence of what you had to do or learn to earn them, and the skills you’ve been recognised for.

They complement your academic transcript by showcasing a range of employer-valued skills and experiences you gain through eligible extra-curricular activities you participate in while studying at UWA.

  • How do I know if an activity is part of UWA's badging program?
    Co-curricular activities that are part of the badging program have been assessed and aligned to an Activity Characteristic. Approved activities are published on the badging website and will also be identifiable by a badge icon that has been attributed to the activity. You will progressively start seeing these icons across websites identifying activities that have been assessed for badging.
  • What is a co-curricular activity?

    A co-curricular activity is an activity that is available for student participation, and which has been categorised to enable students to determine what sort of engagement will occur through the activity. For example volunteering activities will generally be assessed as being a Community Impact activity. Registered co-curricular activities will be categorised as principally comprising activities aligned to one of the following activity characteristics - Leadership, Careers and Employability, Entrepreneurial/Innovation; Professional Development; Global Citizen; Digital Capability; Indigenous Awareness and Community Impact.  For the purposes of badging the activity would not usually be attributed with academic credit. Those activities that are credit-bearing and which can be awarded a badge will require the student to demonstrate relevant learning/reflection. Eg. Study Abroad. 
  • Are all co-curricular activities awarded a badge when they are completed?
    Each co-curricular activity has been assessed against the awarding criteria. In some instances you will be able to earn a badge for completion of one activity; in other instances you will be required to complete a couple of activities in the same badging category. Each co-curricular activity indicates the awarding level and how that activity might contribute to other badges. 
  • I am working on the Careers and Employability Award – can I be awarded badges for completion of separate components of the Award?
    The Careers and Employability Award is our premier award to support students in their career and employability journey. There are numerous components that make up the award which all need to be completed to receive the Careers and Employability Award. However if you don’t complete the award you can still seek recognition for the components that you’ve undertaken in which you could be awarded a different badge types (eg. Professional Development). This will be dependent upon how many of the components of the Careers and Employability Award that you’ve completed. Complete the Professional Development Recognition Template <<insert hotlink to document>>and submit for assessment. 
  • Do I have to apply to have a badge awarded to me?
    In most instances your badge will be awarded to you as part of completing the activity (unless you are seeking a Professional Development badge in which case you will need to complete the Professional Development Recognition Template <<insert hotlink to document>>.  The Activity Coordinator will keep a record of your participation and record details for awarding of the badge. Once you have met the awarding guidelines the digital badge will be automatically awarded to you through the My eQuals platform. 
  • How do I access the My eQuals platform to receive my badge and can I share the badge?
    You will receive notification from the My eQuals platform that a badge has been awarded to you. Log into the platform and follow the easy prompts to share your badge.
  • Can I convert professional development activities undertaken outside of UWA into UWA recognised digital badges?
    Yes you can seek to be awarded a Professional Development badge.  At UWA we are keen for students to engage widely in their development journey. Being awarded a badge from completion of professional development activities will be determined based upon your participation and reflection on your learning experience/s. To be awarded a Professional Development badge you will need to complete over 40 hours of participation in activities, which can be made up on two or more separate activities). A wide range of activities will be considered for recognition such as First Aid Training; self-development workshops, conference participation etc. Simply complete the Professional Development Recognition Template <<hotlink to be inserted>> and submit for assessment.
  • Do I need to complete numerous co-curricular activities to be awarded a badge?
    Each co-curricular activity has been assessed for learning and skills development, participation requirements and awarding criteria. Based on the information the activity is assigned a primary Badging Category (Leadership, Careers and Employability, Entrepreneurial/Innovation; Professional Development; Global Citizen; Digital Capability; Indigenous Awareness; Community Impact). Some activities require more participation, active learning, and commitment, service etc., than others and for this reason you might be required to complete two activities from the same Badging Category to be awarded a digital badge for that category. 
  • Can I earn a badge for volunteering work?
    Yes, volunteer work is an important contribution to community and to your development journey. A Community Impact digital badge will be awarded for volunteering activities that have been conducted through any of our recognised volunteer providers. You have to complete at least 40 hours of volunteering within one calendar year to be awarded a badge.  Volunteering hours that do not exceed 40 hours will continue to be recognised on the Volunteer Statement <<hotlink to be inserted>>.
  • Can I receive a badge for paid activities or activities where I receive credit?
    Generally the awarding of a digital badge is only for activities where you haven’t received payment or study credit. There are some exceptional circumstance in which recognition will be awarded (eg. Study Abroad) however individuals will be required to provide a reflective statement outlining their experiential learning. If you are seeking recognition please completed the Professional Development Recognition Template <<hotlink to be inserted>> and submit for assessment.
  • Who do I contact if I want to find out more about badging
    Your allocated student advising office can provide you with general information about badging, you can also contact the administrator of the co-curricular activity for information on specific activities; otherwise you can send an enquiry to uwaco-curricular@uwa.edu.au
  • Will badges be awarded retrospectively?

    Badges will be awarded at the end of Semester 2, 2021 and only for approved activities that have been completed in 2021.

  • Will badges be linked to StudentConnect?
    The My eQuals platform is the go-to place as your official repository for badges. From here you can share links to badges to employers and social media platforms such as Linked In. 

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