Specialization badges allow you to develop your own path through the course material. There are five badge categories: coding, graphic design, user experience design, power user skills, and entrepreneurship. Before the end of the semester, you must earn at least one badge in all five categories in order to pass the class.
The specialization badge grade accounts for 40% of your overall grade. In order to earn an A badge grade, students must master at least six specialization badges, with at least one from each category. In order to earn a B badge grade, students must master at least five specialization badges, with one from each category. In order to earn a C badge grade students must complete at least four specialization badges, and one of these must be a programming badge.
The empowered user badges emphasize a broad range of skills and concepts that every citizen should have in his or her toolkit.
The entrepreneurship badges encourage you to take control of your future by effectively marketing your technical, creative and analytical skills.
A bit of graphic design knowledge goes a long way. The graphic design badges cover grid-based design, typography, logos, and minimalist design.
Code is power. From experimenting with geolocation to developing mobile apps, the programming badges encourage you to take control of the increasingly ubiquitous machines that rule our lives.
As Susan Dray once noted, "if the user can't use it, it doesn't work." The user experience badges highlight techniques for diagnosing usability problems and designing humane interfaces.