eCampus News - UMassOnline Launches Badge Program

New badge program highlights spectrum of project management skills

UMassOnline, the University of Massachusetts’ online consortium, has announced the first non-credit badge program, in Project Risk Management, offered through the College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS) at UMass Boston.

University representatives say this is one of the first programs of its kind offered by a public higher education institution in Massachusetts.

The Project Risk Management badge is a self-paced online sequence of modules that covers the six steps of project risk management as prescribed by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

These six steps consist of risk management planning, risk identification, qualitative risk analysis, quantitative risk analysis, risk response planning, and risk control.

“This is an exciting time for UMass Boston as we launch the first commercially released badge in Project Risk Management,” said Olga Lauterbach, director of corporate and professional training and outreach, CAPS at UMass Boston.

This badge is available annually January through December and consists of three modules:

1. Inputs to Project Risk Management
2. Risk Management Planning and Risk Identification
3. Risk Response Planning and Implementation

Each of the modules contain a video lecture, reading materials, and a test to be completed at the student’s own pace. Students complete the program as quickly as they would like within the calendar year that they enroll for the badge.

Upon completion of the sequence, students receive a digital badge which they can include on their resume and social media feeds to feature their complete list of proficiencies and certifications.

Date: 3/31/16