Frequently asked questions
- How do I get a micro-credential from the Wayne State Graduate School?
Most of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development (GPPD) seminars have an associated micro-credential. By attending a seminar and passing the corresponding evaluation, you can earn a micro-credential. Each active micro-credential includes a description and criteria required to earn the badge. For example, see the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) micro-credential certificate. You can see all available badges from Wayne State in the competency chart on our website or the Wayne State University Graduate School site hosted on Credly's Acclaim platform.
- What is Credly's Acclaim platform?
Acclaim is an external partner that hosts the Wayne State Graduate School's micro-credentialing platform. It is a centralized online location where you can manage and showcase your portfolio of micro-credentials from Wayne State and other badge-granting institutions you may be affiliated with. Learn more about Credly.
- I earned a micro-credential. How do I claim it?
If you received an email from the Graduate School about receiving a micro-credential:
- Sign up for an account through the WSU Graduate School's Acclaim page using your WSU email account with your 6-digit access id (ex. email@example.com).
- Confirm your email address by following the prompts in an email you will receive from our credentialing partner, Acclaim. (Check your junk/spam/clutter if you don't see it in your inbox).
- Login to youracclaim.com and claim and share your digital badges.
- I was not able to attend a particular Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development (GPPD) seminar but I still would like to get the related micro-credential. What can I do? The current system is not set up for full online participation. The Graduate School is exploring options for this. On a case by case basis arrangements can be made to view a recorded seminar and submit materials for micro-credential evaluation. Contact the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about these arangements before the scheduled GPPD seminar.
- I was issued a credential and signed up for an account in Credly, but I do not see any badge(s) in my account.
This usually happens for one of two reasons. First, check and make sure that you created the Acclaim account using the same email the credits were issued to. This will be your six-digit access id (email@example.com). Acclaim does not recognize alias WSU accounts (firstname.lastname@example.org) as belonging to the same individual. You can always add another email account once the initial setup is complete.
If that is not the issue, it may be that you still need to confirm your email address by clicking through the email sent to you by Credly when you initiated your account (likely in your Junk/Spam/Clutter box).
If you still do not see any micro-credentials when you login to your Acclaim account, contact email@example.com for additional support.
- How can I share my digital badges with my network and potential employers? Micro-credentials can be shared via social media (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Mozilla Backpack). They can also be embedded on a personal or professional website or added to an email signature to demonstrate skills and experience to prospective employers, colleagues and peers.
- How do I get the Wayne State logo to appear with my badge on LinkedIn? First, follow the instructions for adding a badge to your LinkedIn profile. Credly will prompt you to copy and paste "Wayne State Graduate School" into the area for Certification Authority. Instead, type in Wayne State Univerisity and you will see a drop down menu to select the option with the Wayne State University logo. Follow all other instructions as directed.
- My school/college/department would like to institute our own micro-credentials. How can we do this? The micro-credentialing initiative at Wayne State is growing. For more information about getting involved with Graduate School's micro-credentialing program or developing your own, contact Associate Dean Todd Leff at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
M.A. student, Communication Studies
"The GPPD seminars are a fantastic complement to my studies at WSU. I recently attended a seminar on personal integrity in the workplace, and the experience really enhanced my understanding of the topic. The GPPD seminars provide a great opportunity for students to deepen their professional acumen and become even more valuable contributors to their respective disciplines and fields."
Maria Clara Martucci
M.A. student, Communication Studies
"Through the GPPD seminars, the Graduate Schools is giving us the opportunity to enhance our skills and abilities to be better prepared for both the professional world and academia. The three GPPD seminars I have attended so far were more than informational workshops. They were inspirational moments of personal and professional development. For instance, the microaggressions seminar presented by Dr. Padgett had a significant impact on me. The seminar gave me a new perspective of small offenses and prejudices present in daily life interactions that I've never realized before. I appreciate that Wayne State and the Graduate School are offering these high-quality seminars with specialists in each topic. I highly recommend that all graduate students at Wayne attend them not only to learn but also to receive micro-credentials."