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.
In February, we began issuing Open Badges to individuals who earned any of four certifications from ISACA:
Allan Boardman, international president of ISACA and chair of ISACA’s Credentialing and Career Management Board, told us, “Open Badging is an important benefit for ISACA certification holders. It provides digital and verifiable recognition of their significant accomplishments.”
Mr. Boardman has also spoken about how efficient Open Badges are for current & potential employers to validate certification. ISACA shares our vision around supplying individuals with the tools necessary to tell their professional story in a way that can be easily shared and validated.
Since the initial launch of ISACA’s Open Badge initiative, we’ve issued thousands of Open Badges to the organization’s certification holders. For many of the Open Badge recipients, the concept of web-enabled credentials was brand new.
Our support staff has helped individuals understand how to make the best use of their new Open Badges issued through Acclaim by sharing them over:
“I see the Acclaim badges as lending credibility for users because the badges are verified. It would be nice to see universities and colleges use this system for degrees and certificate programs.” - Donald Hester
Donald is absolutely right - the ability to verify an Open Badge quickly and easily is a huge benefit to earners and employers. And they’re not just for professional certifications.
Pearson’s Open Badge solution provides validated and easy to share proof of qualifications and skills
BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA, February 13, 2014 - Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, is offering academic institutions, professional associations and other high-stakes credentialing programs an innovative new Open Badge platform called Acclaim.
Acclaim gives organizations the ability to translate and recognize someone’s professional achievements and learning outcomes with Open Badges, which can be shared and validated online, it was announced at the Summit to Reconnect Learning in Silicon Valley yesterday [12th February].
A digital badge is simply an online representation of a skill or achievement you have earned. Open Badges take that concept one step further, allowing a learner to verify skills, achievements and learning outcomes through credible organizations and then share and display them on the web.
Open Badge-earners have complete control to display them wherever they choose – on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, a blog or website – to prove their credentials. This allows potential employers to quickly and easily verify the qualifications of job applicants.
Acclaim’s unique approach to applying the Mozilla Open Badge standard is to work with academic institutions and high-stakes credentialing organizations to offer diplomas, certificates and other professional credentials as Open Badges.
Mark Johnson, VP, Career and Credentialing Platforms at Pearson, said: “Acclaim was designed to expand internationally and connect individuals with jobs in emerging global economies. Acclaim Open Badges are a game-changer in the way credentials will be handled, by both employers interested in quickly verifying qualifications and learners who will now be able to prove and showcase their achievements whenever and wherever they like.”
ISACA, a global association of 110,000 information systems security, assurance, governance and risk professionals, is currently implementing Acclaim Open Badges for four of its certifications.
Allan Boardman, international president of ISACA and chair of ISACA’s Credentialing and Career Management Board, said: “Open Badging is an important benefit for ISACA certification holders. It provides digital and verifiable recognition of their significant accomplishments.”
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Welcome to the Acclaim blog! If you’re here, it means you know a little something about Open Badges, or you’ve come across some of our early discussions out in the community. Either way, we’re glad you’re here. Here’s a quick overview of what we’re up to…
The Acclaim vision is to help individuals get better jobs. Plain and simple. While our aspirations are to accomplish this through a variety of means, right now our focus is on helping individuals tell their professional story through badges. We’re partnering with leading institutions, organizations, associations and brands to translate learning outcomes and experiences into web-enabled credentials that can seamlessly be validated and evaluated.
Stated another way, we are offering an enterprise-class platform that leverages Mozilla’s open standard to help individuals demonstrate their skills and broadcast their potential.
For badge earners, we hope you’re as excited to start collecting and sharing your credentials as we are to help you do so. For badge issuers, we’re looking forward to working with you to create professional opportunity for your learners. And for employers or others involved in professional networking, we think you’re going to love being able to verify certifications and achievements quickly and in a trusted fashion.