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Pearson Launches Acclaim Open Badge Platform

Pearson has launched Acclaim, an Open Badge platform designed for academic institutions, professional associations and other credentialing programs.

A digital badge "an online representation of a skill or achievement you have earned," according to a Pearson news release. "Open Badges take that concept one step further, allowing a learner to verify skills, achievements and learning outcomes through credible organizations and then share and display them on the Web."

Using Mozilla's Open Badge standard, the badges can be shared and validated online and displayed on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Web sites or elsewhere.

"Acclaim was designed to expand internationally and connect individuals with jobs in emerging global economies," Mark Johnson, VP of career and credentialing platforms at Pearson, in a prepared statement. "Acclaim Open Badges are a game-changer in the way credentials will be handled, by both employers interested in quickly verifying qualifications and learners who will now be able to prove and showcase their achievements whenever and wherever they like."

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