Acclaim, IBM win platinum medal from IMS Global Consortium Learning Impact Awards

BLOOMINGTON, MN, June 12, 2017 – IMS Global Learning Consortium, the world leader in edtech interoperability and innovation, recently announced that Acclaim and IBM have won the platinum medal for their joint project, “IBM’s Open Badge Program: Building the next generation workforce”.

The announcement was made to a gathering of more than 500 education technology leaders during the Learning Impact Leadership Institute in Denver, Colorado.

“The Learning Impact Awards designate the combination of a great product with a great strategy that together enables tangible advancement of access, affordability, and quality of educational programs," said Dr. Rob Abel, chief executive officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium. “These are very difficult awards to win, and we congratulate Acclaim and IBM for obtaining a platinum medal for 2017 in the global competition.”

Acclaim is a digital professional recognition platform backed by Pearson, the world’s learning company, which uses digital badges allowing individuals to share and verify professional achievements that directly connect to career opportunities across the world.

Each year IMS Global publishes a Learning Impact Report to capture insights from the current year’s award winners. From the early pilot phase of its badge program, IBM has shared lessons learned with others interested in open badges and many of these best practices appeared in the Learning Impact Awards submission.

"Together with Acclaim, IBM is transforming the IT credential space and driving real value for our clients and employees,” said David Leaser, senior program executive, innovation and growth initiatives for IBM. “We're developing solutions that have the potential to set new, better standards for the entire IT industry."

"We've worked closely with IBM to understand the strategy of its open badging program and make sure it's fully supported by Acclaim's feature set," said Mark Mercury, Acclaim product lead. "Our entire team is proud to enable the important work IBM is doing to impact the global workforce."

About Acclaim
Acclaim is an award-winning digital professional recognition platform backed by Pearson, the world’s learning company. Using digital badging technology, we help individuals move forward in their careers through managing, sharing and verifying professional achievements that directly connect to career opportunities across the world. For more, visit www.youracclaim.com.

About IBM
Please visit ibm.com.

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