The Information Technology Certification Council (ITCC) recently presented its Innovation Award,and we're so pleased to have been the co-recipient for 2017 alongside our partners at IBM. This is the third year the ITCC has handed out its Innovation Award to a person or organization that has helped advance IT certification.
"Badging technology holds huge potential for talent development but, as with all early stage technologies, there is a lot of uncertainty," said Clyde Seepersad, general manager of training and certification at The Linux Foundation and board member of the ITCC. "The outstanding feature of the IBM Open Badging submission was the structured, pragmatic way they laid out the continuum of talent development options and converted them into a consistent, easy to understand hierarchy of badges."
Our team member, Pete Janzow, was on hand to collect the award. "The innovative work that IBM is doing in the open badging space is really exciting,"Janzow said. "IBM is a great partner, and we look forward to building on the early success of their program to create even more pathways and professional opportunities across the global IT workforce."
Representing IBM at the awards ceremony was David Leaser, senior program manager for strategic initiatives."We are honored to be recognized by the ITCC for the IBM Open Badge Program," Leaser said. "The program is driving measurable results which are impacting IBM, our clients and the individuals who invest in the training and skills building programs we provide."
New technical cooperation will facilitate badge sharing between industry-leading platforms.
It was announced today that we've entered into a strategic partnership with Alpine Testing Solutions Inc. to integrate with its CertMetrics™ Credential Management Technology.
CertMetrics manages the rules and requirements to produce credible, accurate information around credential management and with this integration, Acclaim will be able to seamlessly employ that information to create and issue digital badges for our shared clients. Together, we will make it easier than ever for joint clients to provide the benefits of badging to their candidates.
You know we make a point of working with trusted organizations, those that actively contribute to the on-going development and recognition of resume-worthy skills. We're really pleased to add Alpine to our list of strategic partners and are eager to jointly push the momentum of badging technology forward.
It was announced this week that Acclaim will begin issuing badges for Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP). The association's mission is to empower capable and informed professionals to transform humanitarian action. To that end, PHAP offers digital badges for several certifications and in recognition of association membership.
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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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.
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.
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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.
“The vision is to create a structure of alternative credentials that students could acquire relatively quickly and inexpensively that will also be immediately useful from an employment perspective.” - Cathy Sandeen, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, fromDigital Badges Hit the Big Time
A recently published article at University Business dives into the increasing interest of colleges in digital badges. Many of the points outlined reflect what we're seeing from colleges issuing badges to students through Acclaim. You can read the full article here.
Digital badges are changing the way professional achievements are recognized, managed, shared and verified - and IBM is leading the way within their industry for maximizing the potential of badging. Read this case study to learn how IBM approached its badge program and how Acclaim has helped the company achieve its goals.
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