Verified digital badges give courses more credibility Coletta Teske, Florida

Verified digital badges give courses more credibility

LEARNER SUCCESS STORY

A consultant improves her employability by taking open badge data science courses

“When I started job hunting a year ago, I was having a lot of problems. My skills were a bit out-of-date, and I hadn’t been in the workforce for a while. I tried everything. And one of the things that kept popping up was going back to school. I looked at going back to school, but it was expensive. For someone who’s been out of work for a while, it’s kind of hard to come up with $10,000 for a crash course in programming,” confided Coletta Teske, an independent network consultant.

“I saw a tweet by IBM Training about Big Data University. It sounded interesting, so I decided to check it out. The courses were free, and it had the data science classes that I was looking for to bring all my old computer skills up-to-date. And when I saw that the IBM badges issued by Acclaim were resume worthy, I figured that this would be a good way for me to go.”

Coletta signed up for Big Data Foundations, a ninety-minute, self-paced foundation course offered through IBM’s Big Data University to improve her employability. She enjoyed the course so much that she went on to take three additional courses: Big Data Hadoop Foundations, Big Data—Analytics, and Cloud Developer Bootcamp. “They were really good courses,” Coletta commented. “I learned a lot and got some of my confidence back.”

Coletta earned digital badges for all her courses. She shared the badges through her social media channels to showcase her employability. “Whenever I took a class and got a badge, I shared it through Twitter,” she noted. “And it got people to hit the ‘like’ button. Some people even shared my accomplishment.”

Coletta recently received an offer to consult as an information architect, reorganizing help desk files for a software company. After seeing the badges on her online resume, “the person that I interviewed with mentioned that he was impressed that I was taking the data science classes.”

I was having a tough time finding a job because my computer skills were out-of-date. The IBM Acclaim badges were the perfect way to show employers that I could easily get back up to speed and learn new skills.

Coletta credits the digital badges with improving her employability. “My age plus having taken some time off has been a hold-up for me in getting a job. I think the badges show that even though I’ve been out of the loop for a while, I can still get up-to-date quickly.”

Reflecting on her experience with badge courses, Coletta commented, “It’s definitely worth the time. There are a lot of really good, free online classes, but there’s no proof that you took the course. With the badges, it shows that you took the course. It also shows that you had to learn certain things and you had to pass a test. There’s a lot more credibility in digital badges.”

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