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IBM receives another award for Digital Credentials – a joint post by Donna Walker and Tanya E. Moore

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IBM’s Open Badge Program, in collaboration with our supplier Acclaim, was awarded the prestigious 2017 Platinum Learning Impact Award at the IMS Global Learning Impact Leadership Institute Conference on May 19 in Denver.

The Learning Impact Awards recognize the most powerful and influential uses of technology in support of learning worldwide. The submission process was rigorous and we received feedback from the judges that our program set a new high standard for future recipients of the award.

IMS Global is an influential consortium of the world’s leaders in educational and learning technology which enables the adoption of innovative learning technology. IMS leadership comes from K-20 institutions, EdTech suppliers, learning technology product suppliers, publishers, institutions of learning and training and government and professional consortia. Special thank you to Mark Leuba, vice president of IMS Global, who early on recognized the impact of IBM’s digital credential transformation and invited us to participate with IMS to shape the future in this space.

This award is a major endorsement that IBM’s digital credentials strategy is correct,” said David Leaser, senior program executive, innovation and growth initiatives for IBM. “Together with Acclaim, IBM is transforming the IT credential space and driving real value for our clients and employees. We’re developing solutions which have the potential to set new, better standards for the entire IT industry.”  “The application process for the Learning Impact Awards is rigorous, and across the various entry requirements IBM very willingly shared its program performance data as a way to highlight best practices that can be utilized across the digital credentialing industry,”said Pete Janzow, senior director, Acclaim. “That willingness to share is a sign of the IBM commitment to leadership in this emerging digital credentials landscape, and Acclaim is pleased to be part of their strategy.”

IBM’s Open Badge program has issued over 350,000 badges in 175 countries for over 800 accomplishments. The badges provide a credible, verifiable method of recognition across products and knowledge about topics relevant to IBM’s solutions. The team from IBM delivering Open Badges and Certifications (collectively, “Digital Credentials”), is regularly called upon to present their strategic and tactical viewpoints for conferences, industry associations, and customers.

This award comes after IBM also won the 2017 IT Certification Council (ITCC) Innovation Award earlier this year. That honor is awarded to organizations who have developed a product, service or initiative that resulted in a positive impact to IT certification industry. To be selected, the winner must demonstrate it produces value for one or more stakeholders within the IT certification and testing industry and can help individuals more accurately demonstrate their skills and abilities.

The momentum behind IBM’s Digital Credentials strategy continues; our offerings resonate with customers, individual learners, business partners, and IBM employees. Find out what the excitement is about by visiting


Donna Z. Walker                                                    Tanya E. Moore
Director – IBM Training & Skills          and             Director, IBM Career & Skills

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