Digital badges are changing the way professional achievements are recognized, managed, shared and verified - andIBM is leading the way within their industry for maximizing the potential of badging.
With four badge types across a variety of learning activities offered by the company and their Global Training Providers, IBM has recognized increased course completion, engagement rates and other tangible benefits thanks to its badging program. Watch this video from IBM to learn more.
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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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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Serving almost half of undergraduates in the U.S., community colleges have an increasing opportunity to provide students with effective, alternative ways to demonstrate workplace-ready skills. While transcripts and diplomas are long-standing, trusted validations of student achievement, digital badges can provide employers with a more detailed, transparent path of a student’s earned skills. Learn how four community colleges are using Acclaim badges to serve the employment needs of local students and businesses.
Madison College Continuing Education
Madison College Continuing Education was an early adopter of digital badges as a means to recognize their students' work-readiness. In collaboration with businesses in Madison, Wisconsin, the Continuing Education department defined badges to specifically align with skill gaps in the local workforce. According to Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III, President, Madison College, "We are enhancing how we serve our students and our community by inspiring innovation and creating a new standard in non-credit continuing education." View Madison College's digital badges.
Edmonds Community College
Edmonds Community College offers 68 associate degrees and 58 professional certificates in 29 programs of study. The college is offering badges for skills learned through the PACE-IT Program, a self-paced, competency-based program that teaches the skills needed to prepare learners for certifications necessary for success in the IT field. View Edmonds Community College's digital badges.
Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College is an award-winning, fully accredited, public two-year institution serving more than 53,000 students each year through credit and noncredit programs in more than 200 areas of study and more than 2,800 courses. AACC offers badges for several types of learning activities including workforce development courses, workshop participation, conference attendance and faculty leadership. View Anne Arundel's digital badges.
Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara City College offers a noncredit certificate program to provide training to help individuals get a job, advance in a job and/or provide the skills needed to grow a business. These career skills courses are available across over 25 different certificate programs covering the areas of business, design and technology. View Santa Barbara City College's digital badges.
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Now, you can do more than ever with digital badges issued through Acclaim. Until recently, digital badges have largely been a tool for sharing your professional qualifications with your network and potential employers. But now, you can get something new back from those badges. You can search for jobs related to your badges and your skills.
Acclaim offers badge earners labor market insights, directly connected to the skills represented by badges. These insights are pulled in real-time from job requisitions:
Fast Company article explores how Acclaim and our partners are fueling an evolution in learning credentials
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"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
Sharing your badge through Acclaim to the online destination of your choice is a fast, easy way to let your professional network know about your achievements. You can share your badge during the acceptance process, and you can also go back into your Acclaim account any time and share it again. Here's how.
During the acceptance process
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Share any time
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To learn what to expect when you share your badge over LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, read more.