David Leaser

3 August 2020

IBM awards its three millionth digital badge (and disrupts the labor market in five big ways)

IBM has recently issued its three millionth digital badge! What started out as a simple idea to attract talent has turned into the most influential IT credential program in the world. Now, IBM has issued its three millionth badge and hosts about 2,500 activities where badges are issued. The idea was born in a conference […]

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4 March 2020

IBM enhances the learning experience on its Skills Gateway

IBM has always believed that if you love what you do, and you have the skills to do it, you can change the way the world works. By developing revolutionary concepts in learning, IBM is challenging the status quo in how an organization can develop its workforce to win in the market. As 2020 unfolds, […]

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27 February 2020

New volume: How IBM used badges to connect on-the-job learning to academic credit

In collaboration with IBM, Northeastern University gained recognition as the first academic institution to articulate workplace digital badges for college credit. Now, a new volume, titled Credentials for a new era of work and learning: Lessons and recommendations from industry leaders, highlights the IBM/Northeastern program and shows others how to create similar programs. The volume […]

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19 February 2020

LinkedIn’s Top 10 emerging jobs around the globe may (not) surprise you

When you look at LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report, you may say to yourself, “Maybe we should just drop the IT from information technology jobs.” Jobs, increasingly, have an IT component, and that trend is likely to increase in the age of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation (RPA). The LinkedIn Emerging Jobs analysis […]

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23 January 2020

The Rise of Assessment Tech in Learning and Development

On an ASU-GSV panel, a professor from a distinguished university told the audience, “I wouldn’t hire any of my students based on a diploma. I would require a pre-hire assessment.” It was a bold, honest statement, mirrored by thought leaders like Ryan Craig who argue “Colleges continue to act as though they’re preparing students for […]

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16 September 2019

Badges Need Rigor! (Or do they really?)

By David Leaser The debate about Open Badges has shifted from their use as a signal of achievement to a dialog about rigor and the qualifications to earn a badge. In the process, the value of Open Badges may be lost if we prescribe a fixed set of expectations and present assumptions to constrain their […]

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19 July 2019

The demand for cybersecurity professionals is outstripping the supply of skilled workers

By David Leaser A new Burning Glass study should serve as a wakeup call for technical training organizations: The demand for cybersecurity professionals is outstripping the supply of skilled workers. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows the number of new cybersecurity programs has increased 33%, but the demand is growing faster as cybersecurity is now […]

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18 June 2019

Do digital badges really provide value to businesses?

By David Leaser When the Open Badges standard was established in 2012, the mission was straightforward: Create a method for packaging information about accomplishments and embed it into portable image files as digital badges. The use cases were thin and value to business was unknown. But when IBM jumped in and decided to develop its […]

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24 May 2019

IBM just made it easier to start a career in IT with SkillsBuild

By David Leaser When IBM’s chairman Ginni Rometty coined the term New Collar to describe jobs in IT which don’t require a traditional degree, her timing was perfect. The world has entered the fourth major industrial era since the 18th century. By every measure, the impact to the workforce will be significant. More than 100 […]

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25 April 2019

IBM launches new professional skills program: The top five soft skills you need to succeed in business

By David Leaser A recent LinkedIn study found 57% of leaders say soft skills are more important than hard skills. Soft skills include the ability to work effectively, from presentation to collaborations skills. But soft skills are becoming harder to find in today’s labor market candidate pools. To help solve the problem, IBM is hosting free […]

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21 March 2019

Reskilling for the Robots

Amidst the great debate over whether AI will replace human jobs, there has been less discussion of how it will transform corporate cultures. At Mobile World Congress 2019, Yun-Hee Kim, technology editor for The Wall Street Journal, hosted a panel of industry leaders to discuss the disruption and opportunity AI will bring. The panel included […]

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19 February 2019

Reskilling for Robots: AI and the future of jobs

What do you need to do to prepare for an AI driven future? By David Leaser Just five years ago, the late scientist Stephen Hawking made a dire prediction: The “development of full artificial intelligence (AI) could spell the end of the human race.”  These ideas are not new. In 1867, Karl Marx wrote, “The instrument […]

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4 December 2018

IBM is building the future of ‘New Collar’ jobs with digital badges – published in Evolllution

Excepted from The Evolllution, a go-to source for opinions and information on non-traditional higher education for more than 50,000 monthly visitors. The interview discusses the value proposition for New Collar and digital badges and provides specific examples on how IBM is leading in this area. In this interview, David Leaser and Rachel Akers discuss how the […]

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1 December 2018

Podcast: How Digital Badges Bring Multiple Benefits to an Organization

There’s a massive change in the way people are developing skills. David Leaser, senior executive of strategic growth initiatives for IBM’s Training and Skills program, shared the story of IBM’s response to these shifts through the IBM Digital Badge Program on episode 11 of the Learning and Development Stories Podcast, hosted by Kevin Anselmo for Experiential Communications. […]

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25 October 2018

New Report: Digital Learning Consortium Voice of the Learner Survey Results

The Digital Learning Consortium (DLC) has published a Voice of the Learner Survey report which is available for you to download now. The consortium surveyed more than 5,000 learners, spanning 5 generations, from 114 countries in 15 professional fields. The “snowball” survey covered a broad range of digital learning issues covering the importance of delivery […]

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15 October 2018

Your Invitation to the Talent Match Pilot!

You’re Invited! As an important IBM client, you qualify for priority invitation-only access to a pilot called Talent Match. *** NOTE: This pilot will be limited to the first 50 members who apply.*** Talent Match is a way for you to search and connect with a pool of talent with verified IBM skills: • More […]

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15 October 2018

How do we skill up the next generation of IT talent? IBM has a plan with New Collar

By David Leaser When Buckminster Fuller developed the idea of knowledge doubling — the idea that the knowledge in the world doubles at a predictable and accelerating rate — he proposed that in 1900, human knowledge was doubling every 100 years and by the 1950s, that number had been reduced to 25 years. Today, knowledge […]

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26 September 2018

Collaborating with a UK startup to develop hands-on IT skills for the New Collar workforce

By David Leaser IBM is creating new pathways to careers in IT and democratizing IT with its focus on skills over traditional degrees. Those skills can be learned through 21st century vocational training, innovative public education programs like P-TECH (which IBM pioneered), coding camps, professional programs, like the IBM New Collar Certificate Program. The IBM […]

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