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.
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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.