PhD Progression

PhD Progression is an online micro-credentialing platform designed specifically for PhD students at Boston University. The platform creates a framework for students to explore, build, and apply skills outlined in the PhD Core Capacities.

How PhD Progression works:

Through the acquisition of digital badges connected to activities and assessments recorded on the Badgr pro platform, you will be able to plan, monitor, and share your progress through scaffolded learning pathways in two Levels. Level 1 focuses on Skill Exploration and Level 2 focuses on Skill Development (Level 3 in development). Pathways are made up of a series of badges. Badges are issued individually after the completion of the earning criteria and the submission of a brief assessment. The Badgr pro dashboard allows you to organize, download, and share a summary of your progress in the Pathways with mentors. Badges can be shared publicly on personal websites and public profiles like LinkedIn or Twitter. Learn more.

PhD Progression & Skillsmatch:

In order to supplement the offerings of PhD Progression, we are also piloting the use of Skillsmatch tool from EMSI/Burning Glass. Learn more and register.

Feel free to watch this info session (Zoom recording) to learn more about PhD Progression and Skillsmatch.

Explore the PhD Progression pathways:

Level 1 (Skill Exploration Pathways)

Level 2 (Skill Development Pathways) – New! 

In order to subscribe to a Pathway, fill out the linked Subscription Form to indicate which Pathways you would like to pursue. You will receive a confirmation email once you are subscribed to the Pathway. Visit the resources on the PhD Progression FAQs page for more help on how to get started.

Subscription Form

Learning Communities:

We host regular Learning Communities to supplement asynchronous learning in the Pathways. Learn more. 


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