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General Discussion

Alexander Sobieski
Alexander Sobieski
6,555 Points

Displaying Treehouse Badges All Over "the Net"

Hey Treehouse...

1st Idea maybe you've heard of this, but I just ran across Mozilla's open badges openbadges.org.

This would be another channel to get the word out about Treehouse, but would also make sharing treehouse badges easier.

2nd Idea What is the best way to display our TREEHOUSE credentials on LinkedIn?

I am not exactly sure if it best fits as a school (in the education section), as a course, a certification, or what? -- any thoughts?

It could be a long-shot, but is there any chance of Treehouse working with LinkedIn to develop some sort of professional cred/certification thing-a-ma-jig that could be added to profiles? (ideally, it could be added automatically, as we earn badges).

3rd Idea I've seen a post or two in the forums, where individual users employed some JSON or other techniques to add Treehouse badges to one's website. Is there a resource page somewhere that gives us our options, or shows us how to use/access an API?

4th Idea it would be need to make a Wordpress plug-in that displays a user's badges via a widget, template tags, and/or short codes. (if you have the badges in SVG, that would be ultra sexy, so we could size them ourselves (or responsively)!

Charmaine Wallace
Charmaine Wallace
22,276 Points

I know this is an old discussion, but I only recently joined LinkedIn (yes, I know, been kicking against it for years) and am a bit inconvenienced that my good friend can put her lynda.com achievements on LinkedIn but I can't do the same with Treehouse which is, imho, far a far superior school ;)

How about a share on LinkedIn option, like what we have for twitter and G+? The Treehouse badge Wordpress plugin that Zac Gordon wrote is very handy indeed for my website, but I'd still like something for LinkedIn. It is a professional network and, after all, the place employers and professional connections are most likely to look for you.

10 Answers

Derrick Lee
Derrick Lee
7,743 Points

Great idea! One thing to add, I realized that the way the badges displayed through our profile isn't really fanciful and usable.

I would suggest that instead of listing all badges a user holds, in my case 27, it should be listed out in categories.

So let's say i completed CSS Foundations, Then it would listed as CSS Foundation Completion Badge and the subsequent badges under it.

Alexander Sobieski
Alexander Sobieski
6,555 Points

@derrick - I agree with the display thing. totally!

This was brought up in another post, and TH responded by letting us know that the Profile is supposed to get a big upgrade. Maybe this will be one of the upgrades?!

John Locke
John Locke
15,479 Points

One of the members already made a Wordpress plug-in for the badges. http://teamtreehouse.com/forum/wordpress-badges-plugin

It would be cool if they could be integrated into Mozilla Open Badges. Not sure how much work that would be.

I think being able to group the badges into categories has been in the planning for a while, but don't quote me on that!

I don't think you'll ever see Treehouse, Code School, or Codecademy badges on LinkedIn, and a lot of the certifications in tech are for proprietary technologies. LinkedIn is link-bait for recruiters, anyway. Just put what you want to be found for in your profile, and you'll get called in due time.

I think it is much more worthwhile to get people who will vouch for you in this industry than anything else you could display on a resume.

Alexander Sobieski
Alexander Sobieski
6,555 Points

Thanks @john !! Glad to know of the WP plug-in!

I agree about the resume thing... Most of my clients have come through personal and social networking - comparatively few have been "walk-ins" - I wouldn't see why that would be any different for the job market. I do agree.

I guess, for me, the main thing was a question of the best way to describe things learned and/or certified through Treehouse. I guess "whatever works for you" is the best answer so far (for now).

Though I think that Ryan Carson's goal seems to be to place people in tech jobs without a college degree in the field. -- To me, it seems like LinkedIn would be a natural avenue to pursue (at least having a "standard" by which we should list our skills/classes, if not some kind of app or whatever.)

Cool to see if the Open Badge thing happens.

Alexander Sobieski
Alexander Sobieski
6,555 Points

--OR, maybe what we need is a "Resources Page" for Treehousers seeking jobs (and/or freelance I suppose). Kind of a "best practices" for marketing oneself and using TH badges in that process.

I definitely have my methods, but I could see that being a good resource for all (esp. newbies to the field). yes?

John Locke
John Locke
15,479 Points

@Alexander I think a Resources section would be cool. I think Pasan and Dan's marketing videos are a good start, but there's always more that could be added. Guest posts?

John Locke
John Locke
15,479 Points

LinkedIn is still good to have: but there are tons of other places to circulate: App.net, GitHub, CoderWall, Twitter, Stack Overflow.

I think a very overlooked place to promote expertise is on a personal blog. I know I've been negligent of mine.

The more places you can communicate and contribute to others, the more your name will circulate. Building relationships takes a lot of sustained effort, but is worth it over time.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

Alexander Sobieski

Is there a resource page somewhere that gives us our options, or shows us how to use/access an API?

There isn't because there's no API, it's just basic JQuery run against the json output of your Treehouse profile page.

However Riley Hilliard wrote up it up on his blog on how to make a Treehouse badges widget