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.
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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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BLOOMINGTON, MN, Sep. 3, 2015 – Pearson VUE today announced a new partnership with Citrix to issue digital badges to certified Citrix professionals.
Pearson VUE is the Citrix exclusive test delivery provider for all of its technical certification exams, and beginning with this new partnership, Pearson’s badging platform, Acclaim, will be leveraged to issue web-enabled credentials to Citrix Certified Associates, Professionals, and Experts in Virtualization, Networking and Mobility. These digital badges provide certified Citrix professionals the ability to share their in-demand skills to online destinations such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and even their own blogs or websites in a way that is secure and verifiable.
“Communicating credentials in an ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging,” said Kurt Heusner, vice president of Citrix WW Professional Services. “Citrix Certified Associates, Professionals, and Experts have valuable skills that deserve the kind of dynamic recognition digital badges enable. We want our certified professionals to be able to combine credentials to form a complete view of their skills and provide partners, customers and employers in general, with easy access to that information. By partnering with Acclaim, we’re making it easier for our certified professionals to share their achievements with context and verification.”
Acclaim’s approach to applying the Mozilla Foundation's open badge standard is to work with high-stakes certification organizations, academic institutions and professional organizations to represent resume-worthy learning outcomes and professional skills sought after by employers.
Badges issued through Acclaim come from a trusted and a reputable source – in this case, Citrix – and can be verified by clicking on the badge. Each badge includes details that show who earned the certification, what specifically was accomplished and the capabilities of the certification holder. This level of transparency makes it easy for certified professionals to represent online their full range of abilities to partners, customers, employers, and industry peers.
“By issuing badges through Acclaim, Citrix is not only offering their certification holders a valuable tool for enhancing personal employability,” said Clarke Porter, general manager for Acclaim at Pearson VUE, ”but also increasing their own brand visibility in the marketplace. A Citrix certification means something in the IT world, and digital badges strengthen that connection for employers.”
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Fast Company article explores how Acclaim and our partners are fueling an evolution in learning credentials
Read the full article on the Fast Company website.
"We're all going to be lifelong learners; we need to get credit for that in a way that's demonstrable." - Pete Janzow, Sr. Director of Acclaim
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.
To check in on what's happening at E-ATP, follow us on Twitter @YourAcclaim and follow #eatp2014
Companies say lying on resumes is a big problem, but thanks to the confluence of technology and credentials it may not be a problem for much longer. Acclaim's general manager, Clarke Porter, contributed to an article on The Wall Street Journal's blog, At Work. The article delves into the connection between badges and resume transparency.
Read the article, then let us know in the comments what you think.