Professional Development

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Interested in professional development opportunities at Calvin? Calvin offers mission-aligned professional development that's designed to enhance your knowledge and skills through a variety of delivery modes—online, on campus, and hybrid.

Want to learn more? Have questions?

Request more information or contact Abbie Lipsker, director of continuing studies, abbie.lipsker@calvin.edu.

Microcredentials by Sector

Calvin offers short, innovative, skills-based, non-credit learning experiences designed for learners to upskill or cross-skill. These may also contribute to a degree-bearing program when combined through a pre-determined pathway that demonstrates evidence of academic learning.

Online courses are hosted through Calvin Learn, our proprietary learning management system. Register for an account at learn.calvin.edu and browse what’s currently available for registration.

Sector Microcredential Offering Continuing Education Credit Delivery
Creative Writing Scriptoria N/A On site
Education Teaching as a Christian Practice SCECH credits On site
  Christian Scholars in Higher Education - Reflecting Faith N/A Online at learn.calvin.edu
Executive Education (Coming soon) N/A To be determined
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Individuals (coming soon) SHRM credits Online at learn.calvin.edu and on site opportunities
  Cultural Intelligence for Ministry Leaders (coming soon) N/A Online at learn.calvin.edu
Health and Human Services Mental Health Ambassadors (coming soon) Pending Online at learn.calvin.edu
  Understanding & Assessing Pain 1 contact hour for Michigan nurses Online at learn.calvin.edu
  Managing Pain 1 contact hour for Michigan nurses Online at learn.calvin.edu
  Anxiety, Angina, Attack: Knowledge & Best Assessment Practices for Chest Pain 3 contact hours for Michigan nurses Online at learn.calvin.edu and on site opportunities
  Implicit Bias in Health Care Up to 3 contact hours for health care professionals Online at learn.calvin.edu and on site opportunities
  Mental Health First Aid - Youth Certification N/A On site
Sustainablity Project GreenER - Plaster Creek Stewards N/A On site

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Digital badging

After completion of a microcredential through Calvin, learners earn a digital badge certified by Credly. The badges are embedded with meta-data that external constituents can use to verify the learning outcomes, skills and competencies acquired, and criteria for earning the badge. Earners of digital badges can share or display their badges on various online platforms such as LinkedIn, social media sites, email signatures, and e-portfolios. In need of a certificate of completion? Those are provided in the Credly platform as well.

View our badges

  • What are the benefits of a badge?

    Badges provide concrete evidence of skills that you have learned to external constituents. Unlike a paper transcript, a badge gives an inside look into what you learned to earn the credential. Credly’s Acclaim Platform also offers labor market insights, based on your skills. You can search for jobs and career opportunities by title, location, employer, and salary range. 

  • What is Credly?

    Credly is a company that creates, issues, and manages digital credentials. Thousands of organizations use Credly to recognize achievement. 

  • How will I know if I've earned a badge?

    If you completed a badged experience, you will receive an email from the Acclaim Platform (admin@credly.com) with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account. You can set up your account to automatically accept badges from Calvin in the future. 

  • What if I don't want my badge to be public?

    You can configure your privacy settings in the Acclaim Platform. You’re in control of the information and you can keep your educational achievements private or choose to share them. 

  • Is there a fee to use Credly's Acclaim program?

    No. Calvin University provides the service at no cost to you. 

  • What's to keep someone from copying my badge and using it?

    While the badge appears as a digital image, the meta-data behind that image is uniquely linked to Credly’s Acclaim Platform and to you specifically. The link to verified data makes a digital badge more secure than a paper certificate. 

  • Where and how can I share my badge?

    You can share your badge directly from Credly’s Acclaim Platform to LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and ZipRecruiter; over email; embedded in a website or in your email signature. 

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