Coletta's Story: How one IT professional improved her employability by earning and sharing digital badges
Coletta Teske, an independent network consultant, was having difficulty finding work until she shared her IBM digital badges on Twitter and LinkedIn. Watch this video to learn how she turned those badges issued through Acclaim into a new job opportunity.
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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.
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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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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