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!
This week, Acclaim team member Peter Janzow will be at DevLearn to share his ideas on the impact of professional learning and development - represented as digital badges - on the emerging solo economy of workers.
What is the solo economy?
53 million people are already working independently as freelancers, indie professionals, creatives, and free agents. That number is expected to grow to more than 50% of America’s workforce in the next decade. For this population, work is no longer a place they go; work is what they do.
To learn more about this rapidly emerging workforce, we talked with Michael Hopkins, founding partner and editorial director of The Solo Project. The Solo Project provides inspiration, ideas, tools and a community for soloists in the United States.
Why are soloists emerging?
“Three primary drivers are behind this shift in the way individuals and corporations approach work,” Hopkins explained.
Digital badges play key role in the freelance workforce
To make this new economy work—for corporations and individuals, alike—it will be critical to
Badges remove uncertainty for employers in building project teams; increase visibility and trust in workers; and strengthen the new working economy, overall.
If you're attending DevLearn 2015, plan to join Pete Janzow for the full session on this topic:
The 7th annual E-ATP conference occurs this week in Ireland, bringing together European test publishers and related partners to network and share innovative ideas around how leading organizations are gaining advantages from assessments. Clarke Porter, the general manager of Acclaim, and Mark Mercury, Acclaim's product lead, are involved in several presentations across the 3-day event, bringing thought leadership around the place of digital badges in formal assessment.
"The European audience isn't new to alternative credentials," Porter explained. "Digital badges are verifiable which makes the screening process more efficient. Plus, they are a great way for employers to understand what specific skill sets mean in the workplace and how job seekers with these credentials will be able to help an organization."
Mercury will be leading two presentations: Badging the Skills Gap - Unlocking the Emerging Jobs Economy and Articulating the Outcomes of Assessment with Digital Badges. Dr. Robert McHenry, executive chairman at OPP, will join Mercury during Badging the Skills Gap to discuss the drivers behind and opportunities for integrating assessments into an ecosystem built around digital credentials.
The two will share real-life examples of how digital badges can provide EU labor market insights and analytics that will help close the skills gap by increasing transparency and establishing trusted communications between employers, job seekers and education providers.
For Articulating the Outcomes of Assessment with Digital Badges, Mercury will use the Acclaim platform to demonstrate exactly how professional and academic achievements come to life - with context and secure, verifiable data - in the form of digital badges. He will also show attendees the viral effect of badge sharing that can increase program and brand recognition online.
A longtime testing industry influencer and leader, Porter has been to E-ATP numerous times, while this is Mercury's first trip to the event. They're both looking forward to different aspects of the conference. Porteris especially interested in reprising his role as chair of the E-ATP Hackathon. "I'm always impressed with the creativity of the Hackathon participants," he said. "It's a master workshop that has produced some interesting business ideas and gives me the opportunity to meet some of the cream of the crop talent in the assessment industry."
Attending E-ATP 2015? Plan to attend these sessions to learn more about digital badges in the assessment industry:
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Europe-ATP (E-ATP) kicks off its annual conference this week in Budapest. The conference theme is Employee Mobility in Europe, and the group will spend three days discussing recruitment and skills-gap challenges in Europe that have come about with the global recession.
Although this conference is geared toward professionals within the testing and assessment industry, it's interesting to consider how the work that's being done at conferences like E-ATP could affect the broader workforce.
We here at Acclaim obviously believe that badging is a game-changer when it comes to how individuals will be recognized and validated for their professional skills. For instance, badges can break down barriers that make it difficult for a doctor in Italy to practice medicine in Russia because requirements and capabilities across countries can be unclear or difficult to validate. This is important because we, as a workforce, need to be able to work wherever the work is located.
To that end, two of Acclaim's team members are presenting sessions at E-ATP. Clarke Porter will tackle the very subject outlined about in a presentation titled A Migrating Workforce: How Can We Use Innovative Digital Technology to Help Verify Credentials of Oversees Professionals. Then Peter Pascale will provide an interactive demo of Acclaim during a session called Mobilising Achievements with Open Badges.
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