We're really honored to have been selected a finalist for an IMS Global Learning Impact Award. Our entry highlights the work we've done with IBM to build the next generation workforce.
Voting for this award is open to the public, and we'd sure appreciate your support. Here's how you can help:
Be sure to check out the papers and videos submitted by each of the finalists. You'll learn more about some of the most innovative projects that are going on to make education more accessible and impactful across the world.
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.
Clarke Porter recognized for career-long contributions to technology
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honored its 2017 Titans of Technology at an award luncheon today, held at the Radisson Blu hotel in Minneapolis. These awards recognize individuals who are transforming Minnesota's tech industry and positively impacting the local economy. The Acclaim team was there to celebrate our general manager, Clarke Porter, who was named a 2017 Technology Advocate. As a Technology Advocate, Clarke was recognized for his outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing and accelerating the performance of tech communities and the community.
Clarke has spent the past 40+ years of his career identifying opportunities for technology to revolutionize "business as usual." His first major contribution began in 1976 at Control Data, where he developed software to deliver the very first computer-based exam for Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (NASD) at the time. So if you've taken a computer-based test at any point in your life, you've got Clarke to thank for that.
Clarke followed up by developing the concept of IT certification with Novell, co-founding Virtual University Enterprise (now Pearson VUE), and leading the development of a cloud-based credential solution. In 2010, Clarke became the vice president and general manager of credential management at Pearson VUE, which led him to open badges. In 2013, he took over the strategic development and general oversight of Acclaim.
Under his leadership, we've issued millions of badges backed by top organizations such as IBM, Microsoft and Facebook. These badges are verified by employers and have resulted in job offers, promotions and professional recognition. We're pretty proud of the work we do and of the guy who keeps us on track.
Clarke's one of those really cool people who gets energy from the teammates and ideas around him. He's always moving, tapping a foot, the wheels visibly turning in his head as he challenges all of us at Acclaim to develop innovative badging solutions that will add new value to professionals looking to advance their careers.
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."
It was announced today that, in conjunction with an extension of its multi-year, computer-based testing agreement with Pearson VUE, AGA will issue digital badges for holders of its CGFM certification through Acclaim.
Bob Whelan, president of Pearson Assessments, said: “The extension of our agreement with AGA, along with the addition of Acclaim digital badges, gives us further opportunities to improve the assessment and credential-sharing experience for government financial management professionals across the U.S.”
AGA is the member organization for government financial management professionals. We lead and encourage change that benefits our field and all citizens. Our training events, professional certification, publications and ongoing education help members build their skills and advance their careers. Learn more at www.agacgfm.org.
Our members work in government financial management across sectors and worldwide, working to increase government financial performance and accountability. They educate themselves via training events to ensure they are always up to date on the most relevant news and information, and boost their credentials via certification.
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.
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.
Scott Overland, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-909-4528
Mike Buttry, email@example.com, 612-977-5499
Adding a hyperlinked badge image to your email signature is a great way to make sure your professional network is aware of your certifications, credentials and other badge-worthy recognition.
We've heard from many of you who've felt frustrated in trying to do this because email clients such as Outlook require a resized image in order to appear nicely within the email signature. That's why we've made it easy for you to download a resized version of your badge image.
Use the Large size for documents, like your resume, and the Small size for your email signature. And don't forget to copy your badge URL and hyperlink it to the image so your badge can be viewed and verified.
How to download your badge image
From your Acclaim profile page, click on the badge you'd like to download.
Click the Share button from the badge details page.
Click the Download icon from the share options.
Then select which size you'd like to download.
Choose Small Image for your email signature.
Click the URL icon from the share options. Click the Copy to Clipboard button, then hyperlink to your badge image within your email signature.
Your badge image will appear nicely within your email signature.
Have you added your badge to your email signature? If so, has anyone in your network ask you about your achievement?
If you've embarked on a job search in the past several years, you know two things to be true:
"From the hiring manager perspective, they want to see skill sets, they want to see endorsements, they want to see the complete profile of that candidate, and that now does include these microcredentials," says Jason Weingarten, co-founder and CEO of Yello, which provides software to help with recruitment.
Weingarten also points out that one possible challenge around digital badges is an employer's ability to validate the badges in order to consider them as part of the hiring process.
Seamless, real-time verification is one very key benefit to the badges issued by Acclaim. It's essential that we make it easy for employers to understand exactly what you can do as a result of the learning outcome, competency or credential that your badge represents.
What can you do to help increase employers' awareness of digital badges? If you've got one, share it. The best way for anyone to understand what this badging stuff is all about is to see badges in action.
“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.
BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota, Sept. 14, 2015 – Pearson, the world’s largest education company, has entered into a new partnership with AXELOS Global Best Practice, the owner of ITIL and PRINCE2, to award digital badges to members of the new AXELOS Professional Development Programme who have successfully achieved their continuing professional development (CPD) points.
The badges will be issued through Pearson’s Acclaim platform and will enable AXELOS to recognize members who complete CPD activities aligned to Best Practice qualifications of ITIL and PRINCE2 in a way that is secure, easily shared and verified online.
The move means that members who use CPD to maintain their skills and knowledge in project and IT service management will now be able to share their professional competencies with online networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Employers, and others with whom the badge is shared, can instantly verify the skills and competencies achieved to earn the AXELOS badges.
Peter Hepworth, Chief Executive of AXELOS, said,“Acclaim digital badges are an innovative way to manage, track and represent the relevancy of our best practice qualification holders who complete CPD activities. This new approach will support our community of practitioners progress in their careers and demonstrate their commitment to staying up-to-date and relevant, in a way that can be easily recognized and verified."
Clarke Porter, vice president and general manager of credential services for Pearson VUE, said, “We are thrilled to be working with AXELOS to further their commitment to best practice which promotes and advocates ongoing training and development to enhance employability, both for individuals and organizations. Through Acclaim, AXELOS has been able to quickly and efficiently scale their badging program."
AXELOS was formed in 2013 to promote and grow the Global Best Practice portfolio, including ITIL®, PRINCE2®, MSP® and other Portfolio and Project Management products, used in organizations in the private, public and voluntary sectors in more than 180 countries worldwide. AXELOS has an ambitious program of investment for developing innovative new solutions, and stimulating the growth of a vibrant, open international ecosystem of training, consultancy and examination organizations. Find out more about how AXELOS is ‘Making organizations more effective’ at www.AXELOS.com.
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