5 Things to Know about the IBM Redbooks Digital Badge Program
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IBM credentials are recognized, respected and valued globally in the IT industry, but communicating your credentials in today’s ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging. IBM has established this opportunity so you may easily and quickly share verified proof of your achievement wherever and whenever you choose. Where applicable, your IBM credentials will be represented by a digital image that contains verified metadata describing your qualifications and the rigorous process necessary to earn them.
With the announcement of the IBM Redbooks Digital Badge program, upon successful publication of a qualified IBM Redbooks material throughout 2017 or later, you are now eligible to earn and IBM Redbooks Digital Badge. Read on to find out more about this program.
1. What badges are available?
There are three tiers of badges in the this initial badge program offering. Silver for authors who have published their first IBM Redbook or Redpaper, Gold is the second tier for an author who has successfully published their third IBM Redbook or Redpaper, and Platinum, the third and highest tier, for distinguished authors who have published six or more IBM Redbook or Redpaper publications. In the initial badge distribution, 59% of the badges issued will be Silver Author, 24% will be Gold Author, and 17% will be Platinum Author.
2. How are they administered?
The IBM Redbooks Digital Badge program is part of the IBM Digital Badge program and leverages the services of Pearson VUE Acclaim. Acclaim badges are external to IBM, therefore visible to other communities such as Linkedin. These badges do not expire and are available to IBMers, Business Partners, and our clients. Badges can be displayed on your social media, email signature, company directory, or printed and hung on the wall. How you display your badge is up to you. Once the publication you authored is complete, we will submit the required information to Acclaim automatically to process and you will be able to claim your badge from them once they notify you.
If you have completed a residency that has already published a material in 2017, expect to receive an email notification shortly. If you enrolled in a project or have been in a residency that has just ended, assist your project leader so that the material meets all the publication requirements. Once published, you will receive a notification that the badge process has started. Residencies that ran before 2017 are eligible if the material was published in 2017.
3. And what about a publication I authored in 2015 (retroactive badging), will I receive a badge for it?
At the time of announcement of this program, we are reviewing the impact of offering retroactive badges for materials published prior to 2017. At this time, you must have a supported material published in 2017 to be eligible to receive a badge. The goal of this program is to encourage new participation in our residency program and to ensure the successful delivery of our IBM Redbooks branded materials.
Your prior materials will still count toward a badge tier. Upon publication of a material in 2017 and after, you will be awarded the correct badge based on your publication history.
The IBM Redbooks Digital Badge Program is an open program. After we gain experience and hear your feedback on the initial offering, we may expand the program to include badges for completion or other activities such as social media, workshops, and other deliverables.
5. What if I don't want to earn a badge but want to become an author?
We would hope that you want to proudly display the badges you have earned, but we understand there are times where a badge may not meet your companies requirements, cause a conflict of interest, or otherwise not be needed. You have the ability to either not claim a new badge, or manage existing claimed badges through acclaim.
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