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Future-proof your career with Smart Skills Digital Badges. Endorsed by leading Australian organisations, including Kathmandu, B-Lab, Canva and Ovolo Hotels.

Build your smart skills with Digital Badges

Did you know the most desired qualities employers look for are leadership skills, interpersonal skills, creative thinking, innovation, and the ability to drive impact? Yet research shows that soft skills training is often lacking among graduates. Smart Skills Digital Badges are our innovative solution to fill this gap.

Digital Badges are verified credentials that let you easily communicate your skills and qualifications online, as they contain verified metadata describing the qualification and the process required to earn it. Showcasing those achievements in a credible and validated way increases your chances of being noticed by your network.

Employability and credibility aside, the knowledge and skills you gain from upskilling and reskilling allow you to keep up to date with industry trends and increase your opportunities in the workplace and beyond.

Grow your qualifications with stackable learning

Every skills course you take provides useful knowledge, while also building towards something bigger.

  • Six on-demand short courses earn you a Digital Badge.
  • When you have six Digital Badges, you can complete a Professional Practice Assessment and gain credit – equivalent to one subject – towards a formal Torrens University postgraduate or undergraduate qualification.

Endorsed by the best

Endorsed by some of Australia’s leading organisations, such as Kathmandu, Ovolo Hotels, Canva and B-Lab, our Digital Badges will highlight your vital smart skills and set you up for success in any career.
  • Canva
  • Ovolo Hotels
  • Kathmandu
  • B-Lab
Andrew Green, Head of Design at Canva

 

Canva

"As a student, having creative and critical thinking skills is essential (...) this is something that can help you not just in your job but in your everyday life (…) at the end of the day a lot of Canva’s success is based on solving problems" - Andrew Greens, Head of Design at Canva.

 

Canva has become one of the world's most valuable start-ups. Launched in 2013, Canva is an online design and publishing tool with a mission to empower everyone in the world to design anything and publish anywhere.

Nicole Downs, Group Director of Marketing at Ovolo Hotels

 

Ovolo Hotels

“Ovolo is definitely the perfect company to endorse interpersonal skills- we truly believe that when we hire our people they need to be themselves and be genuine (…) the way that you communicate to someone and the way that you're making them feel by understanding them and being present for someone is so important”- Nicole Downs, Group Director of Marketing at Ovolo Hotels

 

Ovolo Hotels is an independent hospitality company, headquartered in Hong Kong, which owns and operates a collection of individually designed lifestyle hotels and serviced apartments. Launched in 2002, they are an award-winning luxury boutique hotels company.

Reuben Casey, Chief Executive Officer, Kathmandu

 

Kathmandu

“Primarily, leadership is about connecting with people and communicating effectively (…) it is about setting the example and creating the right model of behaviour, because leaders set the tone for their teams (…) to have highly engaged passionate teams, we need good leadership” - Reuben Casey, Chief Executive Officer.

 

Kathmandu is a retailer of clothing and equipment for travel and adventure in New Zealand and Australia that started over 30 years ago in New Zealand. They believe that with the power of travel and adventure we can change the world for the better.

Andrew Davies, B-Lab Chief Executive Officer

 

B-Lab

“The very nature of our work is helping businesses to create change, in order to be better and use their business as a force for good (…) when you’re applying for a new job or you’re looking to advance within an organisation, the stories of the changes you’ve created are the most powerful things you can talk about. Soft skills are incredibly important for actually advancing change and creating the impact that you want to create.”- Andrew Davies, B-Lab Chief Executive Officer

 

B-Lab is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2006 in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. B-Lab created, and awards, the B corporation certification for for-profit organizations.

Bachelor of UX and Web Design | Ahmad Hussein | Design and Creative Technology Student
Ahmad Hussein
Bachelor of UX and Web Design, Billy Blue College of Design
I liked that the courses are backed by industry heavyweights. That was a factor in my choice to complete the Creative and Critical Thinking badge – that one in particular is endorsed by Canva, a company that operates directly in my chosen field of study.

A new way to stand out

There are six Smart Skills Digital Badges available. Each Digital Badge is made up of six on-demand short courses – each of which only takes around two hours of fully online, mobile-friendly, on-demand learning. They can be taken anytime, anywhere, at your own pace.
Digital Badges | Organisational Change | B-Corp | Torrens University
Championing Organisational Change and Driving Impact
Become a change champion.

This Digital Badge provides you with the know-how to successfully communicate and implement your vision for success. You will understand the importance of defining future strategies, taking ownership of new processes and demonstrating a commitment to project outcomes. As well as project management skills, you will build on your ability to lead change among teams. As a successful change champion, you will form a habit of reviewing workflows and milestones and preparing for the next set of future-focused activities. Learn more
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    This Digital Badge provides you with the know-how to successfully communicate and implement your vision for success.

    You will understand the importance of defining future strategies, taking ownership of new processes and demonstrating a commitment to project outcomes. As well as project management skills, you will build on your ability to lead change among teams. As a successful change champion, you will form a habit of reviewing workflows and milestones and preparing for the next set of future-focused activities.

    Learn more
Digital Badges | Creative Critical Thinking | Canva | Torrens University
Creative and Critical Thinking
Approach problems through analytical, perceptive and creative lenses.

This Digital Badge encourages you to think outside the box, using fresh perspectives in pursuit of positive outcomes.

To complement your critical analyses, you will challenge conventional thinking to clarify concepts and consider alternative solutions. With an open-minded, inquisitive approach, you’ll make a habit of assessing situations in a new light, allowing you to apply original theories to your decision-making process.

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    This Digital Badge encourages you to think outside the box, using fresh perspectives in pursuit of positive outcomes.

    To complement your critical analyses, you will challenge conventional thinking to clarify concepts and consider alternative solutions. With an open-minded, inquisitive approach, you’ll make a habit of assessing situations in a new light, allowing you to apply original theories to your decision-making process.

    Learn more
Digital Badges | Digital Innovation Essentials | Torrens University
Digital Innovation Essentials
Transform the way business gets done.

This Digital Badge supports your ability to lead digital transformation, applying the latest innovations to your business challenges.

Building on your knowledge of the latest innovations, you will identify opportunities for the integration of cutting-edge hardware and software in a variety of work situations for maximum effect. This may translate to the relevant use of ever-evolving fields such as data science, AI and DevOps, to simplify workflow and operations.

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    This Digital Badge supports your ability to lead digital transformation, applying the latest innovations to your business challenges.

    Building on your knowledge of the latest innovations, you will identify opportunities for the integration of cutting-edge hardware and software in a variety of work situations for maximum effect. This may translate to the relevant use of ever-evolving fields such as data science, AI and DevOps, to simplify workflow and operations.

    Learn more
Digital Badges | Digital Marketing Essentials | Torrens University
Digital Marketing Essentials
Stay relevant in an ever-changing world.

This Digital Badge expands on your knowledge of digital marketing strategies, encouraging you to leverage off the latest trends and solutions.

You will learn how to build a clear vision, establishing solid objectives for digital strategies. With an aim to engage the 21st-century consumer, you will learn how to leverage web analytics to produce data-driven campaigns. In a world where ‘likes’ convert to dollars, you will understand how to use social media platforms to bring your brand to life.

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    This Digital Badge expands on your knowledge of digital marketing strategies, encouraging you to leverage off the latest trends and solutions.

    You will learn how to build a clear vision, establishing solid objectives for digital strategies. With an aim to engage the 21st-century consumer, you will learn how to leverage web analytics to produce data-driven campaigns. In a world where ‘likes’ convert to dollars, you will understand how to use social media platforms to bring your brand to life.

    Learn more
Digital Badges | Interpersonal Workplace Essentials | Ovolo Hotels | Torrens University
Interpersonal and Workplace Essentials
Be an asset to any organisation.

This Digital Badge offers you the insight and tools to thrive both independently and as part of a team.

Exploring context-appropriate techniques to connect with others, you will hone your verbal, listening, writing and technological communication skills. You will understand the importance of self-reflection as both a leader and a team member, and advocate for the professional development of yourself and others. With your knowledge of social dynamics, you will build the confidence to leverage relationships for optimum outcomes.

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    This Digital Badge offers you the insight and tools to thrive both independently and as part of a team.

    Exploring context-appropriate techniques to connect with others, you will hone your verbal, listening, writing and technological communication skills. You will understand the importance of self-reflection as both a leader and a team member, and advocate for the professional development of yourself and others. With your knowledge of social dynamics, you will build the confidence to leverage relationships for optimum outcomes.

    Learn more
Digital Badges | Leadership Essentials | Kathmandu | Torrens University
Leadership Essentials
Guide, inspire and empower.

This Digital Badge provides the essential tools to support your path towards leadership.

You’ll build confidence in problem-solving and decision-making, learning how to identify opportunities, take calculated risks and adapt to change. Knowing that effective leaders display high emotional intelligence, you’ll understand what it takes to build strong relationships, coach high-performing teams and collaborate well with others.

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    This Digital Badge provides the essential tools to support your path towards leadership.

    You’ll build confidence in problem-solving and decision-making, learning how to identify opportunities, take calculated risks and adapt to change. Knowing that effective leaders display high emotional intelligence, you’ll understand what it takes to build strong relationships, coach high-performing teams and collaborate well with others.

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How do Digital Badges work?

More secure than a paper-based certificate, each Digital Badge holds a portfolio of evidence of your learning. Being sharable and verifiable, your future employer can see the skills training you had to undergo to earn your Digital Badge and what that means in terms of your capabilities.

While the badges themselves are simply digital image files, they’re linked to metadata hosted on the Credly Acclaim Digital Credentialing Platform, which provides details of what you learnt and how you learnt it.

You can share your Digital Badges directly by adding them to your LinkedIn profile, including them in your digital CV or your email signature, or adding them to your website.

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Learn more about our Digital Badges

  • Championing Organisational Change and Driving Impact
    Course Overview
    Become a change champion. This Smart Skills Digital Badge provides you with the know-how to successfully communicate and implement your vision for success.

    Course Content
    You’ll cover: Introduction to CSR, Facilitating Change, Communication During Organisational Change, Navigating Organisational Culture, Introduction to BCorps, and Project Planning Tools.

    Key Information

    • $297
    • 6 to 12 hours to complete
    • 100% online
    • Available for international and domestic students
    • This badge is portable, sharable and verifiable

    Course Outcome
    On successful completion you will attain your Smart Skills Digital Badge in Championing Organisational Change & Driving Impact.

    Earning this badge signifies you have acquired the skills to advocate for and facilitate change in an organisational context. As a successful change champion, you will form a habit of reviewing workflows and milestones and preparing for the next set of future-focused activities.

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  • Creative and Critical Thinking
    Course Overview
    Approach problems through analytical, perceptive and creative lenses. This Smart Skills Digital Badge encourages you to think outside the box, using fresh perspectives in pursuit of positive outcomes.

    Course Content
    You’ll cover: Art of Ideation, Design Thinking, Lean Start-Up, Develop Your Critical Thinking Skills, and Analysis Toolbox.

    Key Information

    • $297
    • 6 to 12 hours to complete
    • 100% online
    • Available for international and domestic students
    • This badge is portable, sharable and verifiable

    Course Outcome
    On successful completion, you will attain your Digital Badge in Creative and Critical Thinking.

    Earning this badge signifies you display the essential qualities to generate new ideas, and formulate judgements based on evidence. With an open-minded, inquisitive approach, you’ll make a habit of assessing situations in a new light, allowing you to apply original theories to your decision-making process.

    Get this course

  • Digital Innovation Essentials
    Course Overview
    Transform the way business gets done. This Smart Skills Digital Badge supports your ability to lead digital transformation, applying the latest innovations to your business challenges.

    Course Content
    You’ll cover: User Experience, Impact of Data Science in the Organisation, Executive Guide to AI, Executive Guide to DevOps, Exploring the Data Scientist’s Toolbox, and Cloud Security.

    Key Information

    • $297
    • 6 to 12 hours to complete
    • 100% online
    • Available for international and domestic students
    • This badge is portable, sharable and verifiable

    Course Outcome
    On successful completion you will attain your Digital Badge in Digital Innovation Essentials.

    Earning this badge signifies you have acquired the essential skills to work competently with digital solutions and technological processes. After developing your technical know-how, you will have the power to improve and innovate with market-leading tools, experimenting and iterating until you find best practice in your discipline.

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  • Digital Marketing Essentials
    Course Overview
    Stay relevant in an ever-changing world. This Smart Skills Digital Badge expands on your knowledge of digital marketing strategies, encouraging you to leverage off the latest trends and solutions.

    Course Content
    You’ll cover: Marketing in the Digital Age, Leveraging the Power of the 21st Century Consumers, Adopting Social Media Marketing, How Big Data is Changing Content Marketing, Seamless Omni Channel Marketing, and Quantifying Marketing Success.

    Key Information

    • $297
    • 6 to 12 hours to complete
    • 100% online
    • Available for international and domestic students
    • This badge is portable, sharable and verifiable

    Course Outcome
    On successful completion you will attain your Digital Badge in Digital Marketing Essentials.

    Earning this badge signifies you have acquired the know-how to apply the core concepts of digital marketing to the modern workplace. Taking your knowledge of traditional marketing, you will consider how digital solutions can accelerate growth.

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  • Interpersonal & Workplace Essentials
    Course Overview
    Be an asset to any organisation. This Smart Skills Digital Badge offers you the insight and tools to thrive both independently and as part of a team.

    Course Content
    You’ll cover: Reflective Practice for Professional Development, Creating Effective Teams, Advanced Communication Techniques, Negotiation, and Difficult Conversations: A Manager’s Guide.

    Key Information

    • $297
    • 6 to 12 hours to complete
    • 100% online
    • Available for international and domestic students
    • This badge is portable, sharable and verifiable

    Course Outcome
    On successful completion you will attain your Digital Badge in Interpersonal & Workplace Essentials.

    Earning this badge signifies you have acquired the essential qualities to work effectively and efficiently with others in varying settings. You will master the art of building strong teams and influencing members in a positive way. With your knowledge of social dynamics, you will build the confidence to leverage relationships for optimum outcomes.

    Get this course

  • Leadership Essentials
    Course Overview
    Guide, inspire and empower. This Smart Skills Digital Badge will provide the essential tools to support your path to becoming leadership material.

    Course Content
    You’ll cover: Management vs Leadership, Building Your Leadership Brand, Positive Leadership in Action, Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Styles, The GROW Model for Coaching, and Demonstrating Leadership in Times of Crisis.

    Key Information

    • $297
    • 6 to 12 hours to complete
    • 100% online
    • Available for international and domestic students
    • This badge is portable, sharable and verifiable

    Course Outcome
    On successful completion you will attain your Digital Badge in Leadership Essentials.

    Earning this badge signifies you display the essential qualities to lead with confidence. You’ll develop your communication and team-management skills, to clearly share your vision and motivate others. Committed to growth and improvement, you’ll understand the importance of looking inward and outward to achieve success.

    Get this course

Frequently asked questions

  • What is a Digital Badge?

    Digital Badges are web-enabled proof of an earned credential, demonstrated skill or professional achievement. They can be verified online in real-time, showing your potential employer what you learnt, how you learnt it and what you are now capable of.

    Digital Badges are shareable via social media, email signatures or digital resumes, allowing maximum visibility and recognition for your learning.

  • How can I earn and claim a Digital Badge?

    To earn your Smart Skills Digital Badge, you simply:

    1. Click on the Smart Skills Digital Badge tile to be redirected to the dedicated course page on Torrensonline.
    2. Select ‘Get this course’.
    3. Sign up for your Torrensonline account and follow the prompts to purchase the Digital Badge. You will now be able to access the on-demand short courses that make up the Smart Soft Skills Digital Badge on Torrensonline. Start at any time and complete the on-demand short courses at your own pace.
    4. You will earn your badge upon completion of all the on-demand short courses. Once you have earned your badge, you’ll receive an email from Credly's digital badge platform* with instructions on how to set up your Credly account. Follow the prompts to claim and share your Smart Soft Skills Digital Badge from the Credly platform.

    *Credly is a global open badge platform. It is the network of choice for organizations that require enterprise tools to scale global credentialing programs and that meet the most rigorous data standards and security.

  • What is a Smart Skills Digital Badges Professional Practice Assessment?

    Start small and work towards something bigger with the Smart Skills Digital Badges stackable learning model. When you have earned all six Smart Skills Digital Badges, you have the option to submit an assessment to gain a certificate in Professional Practice. This certificate can be used as a potential credit towards a formal qualification. The credit is equivalent to one undergraduate or postgraduate non-specified elective subject at Torrens University Australia.

    The assessment requires you to reflect on the knowledge that you have gained through completing the Smart Skills Digital Badges. The purpose of this assessment is to identify the impact these courses had on you, on your career and your work experience.

    On passing the assessment, you will gain additional proof of your work readiness with the Certificate of Professional Practice, increasing your employability opportunities. You can also accelerate your pathway into a formal study by using this certificate as a subject credit for a course of your choice at Torrens University Australia.

  • What is the assessment process?

    The Professional Practice assessment requires you to reflect on your learnings from each Smart Skills Digital Badge. You will be asked to answer four questions about each of the Smart Skills Digital Badge as well as write an overall introduction and a conclusion. It will take approximately 8 to 12 hours to complete and you are expected to write approximately 1500 words.

    To begin the assessment, you can simply follow the steps below:

    1. Once you have completed all six Smart Skills Digital Badges, click on the tile for the ‘Professional Practice Assessment’ on TorrensOnline. You will be redirected to the assessment page.
    2. Select the ‘Get this course’ button and follow the prompts to purchase the assessment which has a cost of $1,000 (AUD). You will now be able to download the assessment document which outlines the questions to be addressed. The document also includes an Assessment Rubric. Use this rubric as a guide when writing your answers.
    3. Once completed, you can submit your assessment by email to admissions@tua.edu.au.
    4. Your assessment will be reviewed by an assigned academic who will let you know your result by email. This process can take up to 2 weeks. If you are successful, you will earn your certificate and be eligible for course credit.
  • How will this task be assessed?
    This assessment will be marked on the depth and breadth of your reflection and the degree to which you integrate your learning into your professional practice or other areas of your life.
  • What happens if I fail the assessment?
    If you do not pass, you have the option to repeat the assessment and you can resubmit, as many times as you need – you will only need to pay the cost of the assessment once.
  • What do I get if I pass the assessment?

    After successful completion of your Smart Skills Digital Badges Professional Practice assessment, you will automatically earn your completion certificate. This certificate will be issued through your TorrensOnline account.

    You will then be eligible for course credit – equal to one non-specified elective subject towards any of our postgraduate and undergraduate courses. You can apply for course credit by completing an Application for Recognition of Prior Learning form and attach your Professional Practice Certificate.

  • How can I use my subject credit?

    To use your credit you will need to complete an Application for Recognition of Prior Learning form and attached your Professional Practice Certificate.

    Please submit the RPL application form and supporting documentation (Professional Practice Certificate) to: admissions@tua.edu.au.

    They will be able to help enrol you in your chosen course and apply for your subject credit. If you have any other questions, about this process, you can email us at torrensonline@torrens.edu.au and we will assist you with your enquiries.

    You can read more about Torrens University Australia policies here.

  • How is my Smart Skills Digital Badge displayed? What’s the benefit of sharing it?

    Your Digital Badge is a digital image containing verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them. They are issued and managed through Credly’s digital badges platform.

    Representing your smart soft skills as a digital badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real-time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of.

  • How do I share my Digital Badge? Is there a fee?

    You can share Digital Badges directly to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook from your Credly account.

    To share your badge:

    1. Log into your account on www.credly.com
    2. Select the Digital Badge you would like to share
    3. At the top of the page, select the blue “Share” button
    4. You will be brought to the “Share Badge” screen where you can find different tabs directing you to connect your social media accounts
    5. Once your social media account is connected, click “Share”.

    There is no fee for sharing your Digital Badges and you can share them as many times as you want. This is a service Torrens University Australia provides to you, at no cost.

  • Can I include Digital Badges on my CV or LinkedIn profile?

    Yes. Every credential and profile on Credly has a unique URL that can be embedded on a CV or website. This service also offers seamless integration with several popular social and professional networking platforms.

    LinkedIn currently requires individuals to manually add information about their certification in order to share Digital Badges to their profile. Visit this link for step-by-step instructions.

  • What stops someone else from copying my Digital Badge and using it? What if I don’t want my credentials to be public?

    While Digital Badges are simply image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Credly platform. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.

    You can easily configure your privacy settings in the Credly platform. You’re in complete control of which information about you is made public.

  • Do I get a certificate once I complete an on-demand short course?
    Yes. If you complete an on-demand short course you will receive a certification of completion via email. You can also access the certificate through your Torrensonline account.
  • Can I gain credit into a formal qualification after completing a short course?
    Yes, you can gain credit if you complete one of our accredited short courses: Micro-credentials (three Digital Badges and assessment), single subject, Digital Badges (six badges and assessment) and graduate certificates.

    Here’s how it works:

    Completing six on-demand short courses in a specific category earns you a Digital Badge. When you have obtained three badges, you can complete an assessment that earns you one micro-credential. And when you have obtained all six Digital Badges, you have the option to take an assessment and gain credit towards a formal qualification. This is equivalent to one subject within a complete Torrens University course.

  • Can I register and study from anywhere in the world?
    Yes, you can study an on-demand short course or earn a Smart Soft Skills Digital Badge anytime, anywhere. These courses are flexible and 100% online. All you need is access to a computer or mobile device and the internet. Torrensonline courses are accessible from any device, are responsive and are suitable for any internet browser.
  • Can I start and study at any time?
    You can start an on-demand short course or earn a Smart Soft Skills Digital Badge at any time of the year. There are no specific start dates, and you can complete these courses at your own pace, taking the time you need.
  • How do I sign up for on-demand short courses or Smart Skills Digital Badges?
    To create an account on the Torrensonline platform, click ‘Sign up’ in the top right corner of the screen and enter your details. Once you have created an account, you are free to explore the courses available.

    Alternatively, you can create an account by selecting a course that you would like to study. If you don’t have an account when you purchase a course, the platform will prompt you to create one.

  • How long do I have access to the course for? Does my password expire?
    Once you set up your Torrensonline account, you can access it from anywhere at any time. The password does not expire.
  • Is there any help available if I have a question?
    Yes, we are here to support you. If you have any specific enquiries about our on-demand short courses or Smart Soft Skills Digital Badges, please send us an email here. You can also contact us.
  • Will I have access to any material after I complete the course?
    You will continue to have access to all the courses you have completed, the course content and your certificates.
  • How do I pay?
    You have different payment options when you purchase a short course at Torrens University Australia, including direct debit and credit card. To find more about fees please see here.
  • Can I use FEE-Help if I am a domestic student?
    No, FEE-HELP is not available for on-demand short courses and Smart Soft Skills Digital Badges. Read more about eligible courses here.
  • My company wants to register and enrol several employees. Do you have an offer in place?
    Yes, we do. Please contact Chris Pascuzzi and we will assist your organisation with these enquiries.

    Chris Pascuzzi
    Phone: +61390853655
    Email: chris.pascuzzi@torrens.edu.au

  • Is there an age restriction or entry requirement to consider?
    There are no age restrictions or any other requirement to be eligible to study a short course at Torrens University Australia.
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