How To Get Started

First, read our About EBB page to find out what we’re all about.

Still not sure about digital badging? Check out our Resources page for quick articles and videos all about digital badging.

Become an Engaged Black Bear!

Step 1: Choose a pathway.

Click here and scroll down to view all the available pathways. Choose a pathway that interests you most!

Step 2: Click on the image of the meta-badge (circular badge with 2 ribbons) for the pathway you are interested in learning more about.

This will take you to that pathway’s page. You will find a set of 4 badges.

Step 3: Click on the Level 1 badge to learn about how to earn it.

View level 1 criteria and evidence for earning this badge. If you have any questions on how to fulfill the criteria please email us at You may also want to email or call the contact person listed at the top of the pathway page.

Step 4: Get started earning your Level 1 badge!

Attend events, training, or meetings to fulfill the criteria. Level 1 is easy to obtain. Once you have fulfilled the criteria you will complete the reflection form and submit evidence to the contact listed (the /badge issuer).

Step 5: Locate the reflection form and complete it.

You will find the reflection form under the image of the Level 1 badge on the pathway page. Complete any other required evidence and submit it to the contact/badge issuer.

Step 6: Accepting your badge.

The issuer will review your evidence and verify whether you have met the criteria. Once verified, they will issue the badge! You will receive an email letting you know that your badge has been issued. Now all you have to do is accept it! The email will provide clear instructions. It will only take a minute or two! Please use your email address when you create your account and accept your badge on CredlyNeed help setting up your account? Click here!

Step 7: Share your badge to LinkedIn and social media.

Congratulations! You have received a badge! You may share your badge on your LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profiles so potential employers can view your unique achievements! You will be prompted to do this when you accept your badge.

Step 8: Begin Level 2 or another pathway.

Click on the level 2 badge within your learning pathway, or choose a new Level 1 badge.


I’ve finished the Level 1 requirements…now what do I do?

Submit your reflection (see the Level 1 requirements for your selected pathway for further instructions).

At this point, your pathway’s Authorized Issuer (a UMaine faculty/staff member) will review your submitted evidence and, if it meets the requirements, will issue you the Level 1 badge. If they have any questions, they will contact you.

You should now receive an email from Credly notifying you that you have been issued a badge; just log in to Credly and accept it! You’re done!

What about for Levels 2 and 3, or the Meta Badge?

In order to earn a higher level badge, you must have completed all prior levels (i.e., complete Level 1 badge to earn Level 2 badge).

Review the requirements for the next badge level, and start completing the requirements!

Once you’ve completed all of the requirements, log into Credly, click “Claim” on the appropriate badge and submit your evidence.