318 Open Badges: How IBM Launched a Bold New Initiative to Attract, Engage, and Progress Talent

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Wednesday, September 30

Emerging Tech


The world of digital online credentials is changing, and IBM is a leading voice in the IT industry. In this session, using real program data and results and the IBM Open Badge Program as a case study, you will learn how to design a nano-credential program that quickly generates significant results. See how IBM merges credentials and recognition with social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. The session explores Mozilla Open Badges, which are quickly emerging as an industry standard to recognize achievements and nurture and progress talent.

In this session, you will learn:

  • A deeper understanding of Open Badges and the future of digital nano-credentials
  • The benefits of Open Badges to key stakeholders—badge issuers, badge earners, and badge consumers
  • How to demonstrate use cases and show the results an organization can achieve with Open Badges
  • How to outline an action plan to get started with Open Badges

Intermediate and advanced designers, developers, project managers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:

David Leaser

Senior Program Manager, Innovation and Growth Initiatives


David Leaser is senior program manager of innovation and growth initiatives for the Global Skills Initiative program at IBM. David developed IBM’s first cloud-based learning solution and is the program developer for the IBM Open Badge Program, a leading-edge program to attract, engage, and progress talent. David is the author of a number of thought-leadership white papers on talent development, including Migrating Minds and The Social Imperative in Workforce Development. He has trained more than 4,000 clients and developed more than 30 training manuals and video tutorials.

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