David Leaser

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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12 September 2018

IBM Expands its Digital Badge Program: First joint badge with an academic institution

By David Leaser ““At some of IBM’s US facilities, as many as one-third of our employees have less than a four-year college degree.”” There are a surging number of exciting, good paying jobs in today’s tech industry that do not require a traditional college degree. These roles are in some of the technology industry’s fastest […]

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20 February 2018

Visit us at Think 2018!

Think 2018 (Mar 19-22, Las Vegas), is right around the corner and IBM will have a very large Skills and Support presence! On the main floor in Mandalay Bay 703, IBM Support and Training & Skills will host a shared booth space with the IBM Subscription & Support team, showcasing the new and transformed Client […]

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26 January 2018

IBM wins ATD Excellence in Practice Award for its digital credentials program

  The IBM Digital Badge Program was awarded the 2017 Excellence in Practice Award in the Learning and Development category at the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Conference this Tuesday, May 8 in San Diego, California. The Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), is a leading non-profit association […]

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3 October 2017

IBM Digital Badge Program Wins Training Magazine’s 2017 Silver Medal Award

  Lorri Freifeld, Editor-in-Chief for Training Magazine, presents IBM with the 2017 Silver Medal Award in the eLearning Challenge.   Training Magazine awarded IBM’s Digital Badge Program the 2017 Silver Medal Award in its eLearning Design Challenge awards ceremony at the Online Learning Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The publishing company recognized the program for […]

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