For the third time this year, the IBM open badge program powered by Acclaim has been recognized with an industry award. We put together a submission for Training Magazine's 2017 eLearning Design Challenge and earned the silver award in our category. According to Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief for Training Magazine, the program was selected because of its ability to "dramatically increase online learning attendance and engagement." Our IBM partners David Leaser and Jim Daniels were on hand at the magazine's Online Learning Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, to accept the award.
View our submission video below and download our IBM case study to learn more about the measurable gains in learning attendance and engagement driven by the IBM badging program.
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Traditional continuing education and certification efforts have typically culminated with a printed certificate of completion, but learners at Southeast Missouri State University can now showcase their successes with a digital badge.
Thanks to a partnership with Acclaim, an award-winning digital professional recognition platform backed by Pearson, Southeast Missouri State University is launching an initiative to make educational accomplishments clearly understandable and quickly verifiable via digital badges offered by the Economic and Business Engagement Center’s Continuing Education program.
The effort is beginning with badges for Nano Bio-Engineering under the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics.
“We commend Southeast Missouri State University for being an early adopter of digital recognition for its students,” said Jarin Schmidt, director of Acclaim services. “With its badge program launch, the University shows its commitment to both students and employers through increased transparency of professional competencies.”
Once earned, digital badges can be shared on social networking sites, email signatures, digital resumes and internal corporate profiles or websites. The metadata underlying the digital credential provides much more robust, secure and credible evidence of what has been achieved and when it was achieved.
“Southeast is committed to providing workforce development solutions to the region’s employers,” said Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “This digital credentialing program is one innovative way that we can provide a value-added opportunity not only to those receiving a digital credential through one of our various programs, but also to employers who need to quickly verify the competencies of current and potential employees.”
Acclaim allows certifying agencies, employers, supervisors, managers and educators to immediately see the competencies each badge earner has achieved.
“We are excited to offer an alternative to traditional credentialing,” said Crystal Jones director of Southeast’s Economic and Business Engagement Center. “Acclaim has a strong reputation of partnering with other educational institutions and companies to document the competencies and skills of learners. Implementing a digital badge program is just one way that Southeast can help support people in their career endeavors.”
For more information about obtaining a digital credential or professional development courses, please contact Christy Mershon, assistant director of Continuing Education at (573) 986-6879.
Originally posted August 28, 2017 by Southeast Missouri State University
This summer, Pearson began issuing digital badges through Acclaim to recognize those individuals who participate in the company’s apprenticeship program.The Pearson U Employee Apprenticeship program provides a whole host of benefits to Pearson employees based in the U.K. Employees can:
"When I received my Acclaim digital badges for the work I was doing to support apprenticeships and my own studies, I felt a great sense of accomplishment," said Chris Hughes, an account specialist within Pearson. " It proved that I was not only doing a good job but gave me the opportunity to create a LinkedIn profile and start to promote myself and my skillset to any future employers."
“We believe that digital badges will provide new avenues of opportunity for Pearson U apprentices thanks to easy sharing and verification by managers and our HR team,” said Anne Ashworth, head of Pearson employee apprenticeships. “Digital recognition of achievements and skills learned is the right way for our employees to capitalize on their experience with the Pearson U Employee Apprenticeship program.”
*Acclaim is a product of Pearson.
The financial industry is highly regulated, and the College for Financial Planning (CFFP) knows that financial advisors must be very careful of how they represent their skills and certifications to the public. That's why CFFP sought a digital badge platform that would elevate the status of their designations and provide a secure and verified experience for the financial advisors, compliance departments, and potential clients. Read more about CFFP's approach to launching a digital badge program with Acclaim.
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IBM and Acclaim are working together to build and progress the next generation workforce. What exactly does that mean? Learn more about IBM's approach to open badging through Acclaim to train and recognize IBM learners with just-in-time skills that employers need, now.
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IMS Global Learning Consortium recognizes joint IBM/Acclaim entry with platinum medal at the 2017 Learning Impact Leadership Institute.
Accepting the award for IBM and Acclaim are (L-R) Pete Janzow (Acclaim), David Leaser (IBM),
Mark Mercury (Acclaim) and Sara Bartlett (Acclaim).
Those smiling faces are members of the Acclaim team and one of our wonderful partners from IBM, moments after being awarded a platinum Learning Impact Award for our work on building and recognizing the next generation workforce through IBM's open badge program.
"This award is a major endorsement that IBM's digital credentials strategy is correct,"said David Leaser, senior program executive, innovation and growth initiatives for IBM. "Together with Acclaim, IBM is transforming the IT credential space and driving real value for our clients and employees. We're developing solutions which have the potential to set new, better standards for the entire IT industry."
"The application process for the Learning Impact Awards is rigorous, and across the various entry requirements IBM very willingly shared its program performance data as a way to highlight best practices that can be utilized across the digital credentialing industry,"said Pete Janzow, senior director, Acclaim. "That willingness to share is a sign of the IBM commitment to leadership in this emerging digital credentials landscape, and Acclaim is pleased to be part of their strategy."
If you're an organization that would like to learn more about IBM's open badge program, get in touch. We'd be happy to share more about IBM's approach to badging and the results they're driving across their company.
Case study: Harper College's Continuing Education department strengthens program credibility with digital badges
In less than one year of badging with Acclaim, Harper College’s Continuing Education department issued nearly 1,000 badges from a catalog of over 50 different badge types. Their badges recognize skills and learning outcomes that create professional opportunities for Harper College students in a way that makes it easy for employers to instantly recognize and value their capabilities.
Read this case study to learn about Harper College's need for badging and its approach to selecting a badge platform, defining and marketing badges.
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BLOOMINGTON, MN, May 18, 2017 – Acclaim announced today that it has begun issuing open badges for Scaled Agile, Inc, the world’s leading framework for enterprise agility practiced by over 70 percent of US Fortune 100 companies.
The Scaled Agile Professional Certification Program will utilize Acclaim to issue badges incrementally for select SAFe certification levels beginning this month. All remaining badges will be issued by July 2017.
“Scaled Agile is a terrific fit for Acclaim,” said Jarin Schmidt, director of Acclaim services. “Employers increasingly value the skills and knowledge validated by these credentials. In partnering with Scaled Agile, we’re ensuring professionals get the recognition they deserve while giving employers improved transparency and verification offered through open badges.”
Scaled Agile is investing in badges to provide easier access to job opportunities for its SAFe-certified professionals, and to strengthen the way in which the organization manages its brand presence online.
“Digital badges are quickly becoming the new standard for displaying achievements online,”said Chris James, president and chief operating officer, Scaled Agile. “The Acclaim digital badging platform - used by companies like IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft - provides both employers and peers with evidence of what SAFe-certified professionals have done to earn a credential and the skills associated with it. People work hard to gain SAFe certification and we want to help them capitalize on the career opportunities facilitated by Acclaim’s social sharing and labor market insights capabilities.”
Acclaim is an award-winning digital professional recognition platform backed by Pearson, the world’s learning company. Using digital badging technology, we help individuals move forward in their careers through managing, sharing and verifying professional achievements that directly connect to career opportunities across the world. For more, visit www.youracclaim.com
About Scaled Agile, Inc. (SAI)
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Scaled Agile’s mission is to help system- and software-dependent enterprises achieve better outcomes, increase employee engagement, and improve business economics through adoption of Lean-Agile principles and practices based on the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). SAI supports over 120,000 practitioners of the Framework through training, certification, consulting services, and a global partner network that reaches over 35 countries and 350 cities. As a contributing member of the Pledge 1% corporate philanthropy movement, SAI also seeks to inspire, facilitate, and encourage other companies to make a positive impact in their community. Learn about Scaled Agile, and the Scaled Agile Framework, at scaledagile.com and scaledagileframework.com.
Acclaim was designed to allow you to easily and efficiently manage and share your professional achievements. Watch this video to learn how to create your Acclaim account, accept and share your badge.
Several of our team members are headed to beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah, to attend the ASU GSV Summit. This annual summit brings together some of the brightest minds and innovations in education technology, and we're thrilled to be part of the program.
Presenting Companies: May 8th, 10AM
Pearson Emerging Technology Showcase: May 9th, 11AM
Are you part of an organization that will be attending the ASU GSV Education Technology Summit? Let's connect while we're all there.