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Jim Daniels and Pete Janzow hosted a presentation and working session on Designing and Implementing High-impact Badge Programs at DevLearn 2016. If you were one of the attendees, THANK YOU! We enjoyed the lively discussion and excellent questions. As promised, here are a few links for more information:
BLOOMINGTON, MN, October 19, 2016 – Pearson VUE today announced it is teaming with Microsoft to issue badges to Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) via its digital badging platform, Acclaim. Industry-recognized Microsoft Certifications are highly regarded by IT hiring managers to measure a candidate’s skill level using Microsoft technologies. Pearson VUE is Microsoft’s exam delivery provider for all of its technical certification exams.
Digital badges are quickly becoming the new standard for displaying achievements online. Metadata attached to Acclaim badges display the certification holder’s name, the MCP credential achieved and validates that Microsoft issued the badge. This ensures that individuals and organizations that view an Acclaim badge can trust the information presented, while making it easy for MCPs to post their Microsoft achievements to social media via a digital icon easily accessible to employers and industry peers.
In addition to issuing millions of badges for leading organizations that include IT, healthcare and higher education, Acclaim provides industry and employment data to badge holders. “Acclaim’s Labor Market Insights give Microsoft badge earners access to job opportunities directly related to the skills they’ve demonstrated through certification,” added Clarke Porter, general manager for Acclaim.
“Our goal is to give Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) the tools they need to get hired, get recognized, and get ahead,” said Alison Cunard, general manager of Microsoft Learning Experiences. “Our certification program is focused on skill building and validation, and digital badging gives IT professionals the ability to broadly share their technical credentials with peers and employers as they advance their careers.”
Beginning October 21, 2016, Microsoft will issue the first wave of digital badges to individuals who earn new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Developer (MCSD), or Expert (MCSE) certifications or pass certain individual exams. Retroactive badges will be issued in early 2017.
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As a software architect and developer, Saint-Paul Tinga is a believer in the value of IT certifications and the badges that represent them. Saint-Paul is an Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer, working for Pindelia. “Pindelia is a Gold-level member in the Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized program. The company works on software integration and designs new software for companies,” he explained.
Java skills are in-demand by employers, and Saint-Paul felt that earning his Oracle certification would help him stand out in a crowded field. “By becoming certified, I learned about new APIs which helped me update different parts of my programs and improve some of our software performances. It also adds credibility to my knowledge.”
Saint-Paul was issued a digital badge through Acclaim to represent his Oracle certification, and was able to create new opportunities once he shared it online. “After getting certified and adding the badge to my LinkedIn profile, two CEOs from local companies got in touch with me to work with them on a project,” Saint-Paul explained.
The badge also generated a positive response from his employer. “The CEO of Pindalia congratulated me. I can say he trusts me more now that I am certified, and he can see exactly what I did to earn that certification.”
The accolades and positive reinforcement also come from his peers and co-workers. “I’ve received feedback from others in the IT industry. They say, ‘Great job! You’re Java certified, keep going!” Saint-Paul plans to take the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 exam and then move on to reach the enterprise architect level.
In addition to all the external recognition he has received, Saint-Paul revealed that his certification and badge also provide him with inner confidence, especially when working on projects with consultants from countries around the world. “I’m now confident in my skills and am not afraid to share and defend my viewpoints.”
He believes that getting certified is worthwhile, and he encourages others to pursue certification, too. “With the badge from Acclaim,” Saint-Paul adds, “everywhere you go, people will see that you are credible in your field.”
Several Acclaim team members recently attended the Europe-ATP conference in Lisbon, Portugal, and came back to Acclaim HQ full of new ideas. E-ATP is the regional division of the Association of Test Publishers and brought together over 290 professionals and representatives from global organizations that drive innovation in testing, such as content development, security and technology.
Global leaders from Pearson, City & Guilds, Cisco, and Facebook led a workshop to discuss badging best practices. During the workshop Clarke Porter (Acclaim's general manager) and Jarin Schmidt (Acclaim's director of services) led discussions around:
And finally, Acclaim's participation in the event's Product Demonstrations was well received. By showcasing the connection between credentials and employer demand, Acclaim was selected by attendees as the most innovative product demonstration.
We look forward to heading back to E-ATP in 2017!
In a new piece on digital badging, PBS NewsHour shares the impact that badges are having on recent college graduates entering the workforce.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) comprises more than 650 leading media and technology companies that sell, deliver and optimize digital advertising or marketing campaigns. Combined, they account for 86 percent of online advertising in the United States.
The IAB Certification Program launched in 2012, created out of marketplace demand. It is the first digital advertising program to earn accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Additionally, IAB Learning & Development serves the industry by offering education programs and classes in Programmatic Advertising, Leadership, Digital Fundamentals and more.
Always forward-thinking, IAB first experimented with static digital badges, but was soon challenged to find a more efficient way to manage and communicate the issuing and expiration of certifications, and for certification holders to easily share their achievements with employers, peers and professional networks.
Download this case study to learn more about those challenges, the ways in which Acclaim helped IAB progress its digital badge program, and the key results that IAB has driven.
SBCC’s Career Skills Institute developed a flipped classroom model to build out more than 40 short courses that leveraged content available on Lynda.com. For each course, instructors curate a playlist of educational videos that students watch prior to attending class. After demonstrating proficiency in each course, students are issued badges to prove their competency to employers. Read more about the institution's approach and the results that SBCC has driven with its badging program through Acclaim.
We here at Acclaim are all about creating new professional opportunities. It's why we've made labor market insights available to badge earners. And it's why we want to share insights gathered by UPCEA and our parent company, Pearson, that explore the role alternative credentials play in higher education.
Coletta's Story: How one IT professional improved her employability by earning and sharing digital badges
Coletta Teske, an independent network consultant, was having difficulty finding work until she shared her IBM digital badges on Twitter and LinkedIn. Watch this video to learn how she turned those badges issued through Acclaim into a new job opportunity.
Pearson and Capella University Partner to Issue Digital Badges, Demonstrating Growth of Badging and Connecting Higher Education to Employability
Online university among first to leverage Acclaim digital badging platform to demonstrate student skills to future employers
NEW YORK – April 6, 2016 – Pearson announced today that it is collaborating with Capella University to issue digital badges for students completing the online university’s National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security designated master’s program. Capella University is one of the first online universities to leverage Pearson’s Acclaim digital badging platform to signal to employers the professional skills and competencies its students have gained through coursework and certificate programs.
“The IT landscape is constantly evolving. Digital badges complement our master’s in information assurance and security program because they are secure, verifiable and provide full context of the capabilities our students bring to an employer,” said Bill Dafnis, Ph.D., PMP, Capella’s interim dean of technology. “Capella University is committed to providing students with the skills they need to immediately be effective members of the workforce.”
Capella is designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense. As a result of this designation, Capella is able to offer NSA Focus Area digital badges to students completing its master’s in information assurance and security, network defense and digital forensic specializations.
“While transcripts and diplomas are long-standing, trusted validations of student achievement, digital badges provide employers with more detailed, transparent aggregations of a student’s earned skills,” said Peter Janzow, senior director of business development, Acclaim, Pearson. “We are pleased to add Capella to our growing roster of academic institutions offering badges through Acclaim. Pearson is proud to be at the forefront of the growing trend toward badging to connect higher education and employability, which advances the transition from college to careers and improves communications between higher education, learners and employers.”
Badges issued through Acclaim can be shared via popular networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, over email and other online destinations. They can be verified by clicking on the badge. Each badge includes metadata that shows who earned the credential, what was accomplished, and the organization that issued the badge. This portability and transparency make it easy for individuals to represent online their full range of abilities to academic institutions, employers and industry peers.
Pearson is the world's learning company, with 36,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit http://www.pearsoned.com.
About Capella University
Capella University (www.capella.edu) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1993, the university is dedicated to providing flexible, professionally aligned online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers. As of Dec. 31, 2015, approximately 37,000 students were enrolled in Capella’s bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs. Known for its commitment to learner success, academic quality and innovations in online education, Capella pioneered competency-based direct assessment programs allowing students to learn at their own pace. Capella University is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company.
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