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Innovation exists at the intersection of invention and value, but innovation doesn’t happen on its own. You have to make it happen by taking advantage of today’s cutting-edge technologies,partnerships,and new programs.

IBM attended#DevLearn in Las Vegas this week to participate in the collaboration around the future of learning and to present the great innovations around IBM Open Badges and partner with other enterprise companies and industry badging associations – the goal for us was to Explore the Intersection of Learning and Innovation in the market today and to look toward tomorrow.

IBM ‘wowed’ everyone at the conference by showing our leadership in the open badge space, the IBM Session held at the #DevLearn Event was standing room ONLY and created a real buzz at the event. David Leaser who is one of the Program Directors of the IBM Badging program talked about how theworldof digital online credentials is changing, and as one of the first business enterprises to truly embrace badges tracking resume (CV) worthy activity in a secure digital wallet, IBM is setting the standards in the future of badging.

During the session, David usedrealworld example, data and results to show the amazing impact the IBM Open Badge program is having, here is just some of the responses from the talk.


These are just a few examples of the social buzz coming out of the #DevLearn regarding the IBM Open Badges Presentation given by David Leaser.


Connie Yowell who was the Director of Education, MacArthur Foundationsaid“The context in which the badges are implemented matter as much as the badges themselves.” … “Education and training have traditionally been measured in limited ways; course completions and test scores are routinely used as the context through which we describe learning as having taken place. Digital badges provide a more in-depth method for students and workers to demonstrate their knowledge and skills and give employers a new way to assess critical skills”

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imageAnother speaker at the #DevLearn conference was Adam Savage of the television show, Mythbusters. Adam Savage is a passionate learner who is constantly finding new ways to examine both the known and the unknown. I wish I could share with you all of his keynote presentation, but here are some things to think about ….

“Story is an important part of learning.”

“An interesting story has a linear cohesiveness. When it hastruth, it has meaning and value.”

“When you are designing the story, always think like the viewer, not like the expert. Many experts are not the best at telling stories. Sometimes you need a storyteller to interview the expert to create great learning which connects to the student. The storyteller just needs to betheproblemsolver.”

“Learning is about asking questions until something tickles your brain.”

All in all a great conference with lots of energy about learning and skills – thanks to all at #DevLearn for putting on such a great evet and thanks to David Leaser for a great presentation.

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