Accredible - Certificates and Badges

Frontend Software Engineer – Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK

Apply: https://accredible.breezy.hr/p/7eddccc92171-software-engineer

Accredible is a growing, venture-backed technology startup in the digital credentialing space seeking a spirited and detail-oriented Frontend Software Engineer.

Key info at a glance:

  • Job Title: Frontend Software Engineer
  • Primary Functions: To create and maintain the functionality of the Accredible User on all customer facing and internal products according to pre-prepared designs.
  • Hours: Flexible hours / remote work for up to 2 days per week (we’re flexible on times and places)
  • Reporting to: CTO
  • Location: Ely (near Cambridge)
  • Start date: As soon as possible.

We welcome people of any gender identity or expression, race, skin color, ethnicity, age, size, nationality, sexual orientation, neurotype, religion, elder status, family structure, culture, subculture, political views, identity, and self-identification. We welcome parents (40% of our team have kids), teachers, learners, activists, artists, dreamers, doers, ordinary people, extraordinary people, and everyone in between. We stand for equal opportunity, and we ensure equal pay.

The Role

This role is a Frontend Software Engineer. Accredible has a number of web properties such as www.credential.net and dashboard.accredible.com which you’ll be building and maintaining on a daily basis. These web platforms are used by millions of people each year. Our customers expect reliability, stability and speed. You’ll be pushing updates every day to improve our codebase and be able to see instant feedback from our customers & users.

Your primary responsibility will be the recipient facing, high traffic web property which enables certificates and badges to be viewed. You’ll be working with a QA Engineer to ensure this property is highly accessible, properly localised and fast to load.

We use AngularJS today and are in the process of planning our migration to Angular. Our approach is Agile and we stick to a weekly sprint cadence. We host web properties on Netlify and have some tough requirements such as localization, accessibility and pre-rendering.

You won’t be doing this alone as we have a world-class product team you’ll be working with. You’ll have support from a designer, a lead front-end engineer, a number of senior back-end engineers and our Chief Technology Officer will be responsible for the work that you do. We’ll be expecting high quality work but don’t worry – you’ll receive constructive feedback and guidance on a regular basis. We meet every day and everybody has input and the ability to make our work and the way we work better.

You’ll have a lot of decision making power, autonomy and trust. We make decisions democratically and give team members the time, resource and authority to work on what they think is most important.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a fast growing, profitable startup where there are many opportunities to obtain promotions based upon merit, hard work and dedication.

We’re looking for an in-person candidate to work from our UK office in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Compensation & Benefits

  • £45,000+ salary.
  • Time off each week to focus on your growth or volunteering, plus a learning budget.
  • 28 days per year paid time off.
  • Mentorship opportunities from our CTO, lead front-end engineer, designer & senior back-end engineers for personal growth.
  • Company off-sites such as international retreats.
  • Flexible working time and hours, depending on ongoing projects.

 

Your skills & competencies

We are looking for you to demonstrate to us that you have these skills & competencies:

  • Angular 2+ experience. You will have used the latest version of Angular professionally for at least 2 years.
  • Frontend Web technologies experience. You have been developing with HTML, CSS and Javascript for at least 4 years.
  • Domain expertise. You have an applied knowledge of frontend design, development and testing and have an understanding of the issues involved in accessibility and localisation.
  • Learns quickly. You have the ability to quickly absorb and make use of new information. You can research best practices and make use of them.
  • Enthusiastic. You want to learn and grow, are excited to take on new challenges.
  • Independent Problem solving. You are able to independently solve difficult technical and presentational problems and provide solutions or work arounds. You ask for help when you need it but try to solve things yourself.
  • Attention to detail. You don’t let important details slip through the cracks.
  • Organization & Planning. You plan, organize and schedule in an efficient manner. You know which priorities are important and choose to work on those. You don’t need constant input but are able to ask for help when needed.

It’s essential that you’re honest, have a high level of integrity, are able to communicate and are able to use feedback to learn and develop professionally.

 

Apply: https://accredible.breezy.hr/p/7eddccc92171-software-engineer

New and Improved Certificate Designer

We’re always striving to make Accredible the best it can be. Because of this we have made some pretty big improvements to our Certificate Designer, to make creating your beautiful certificates even easier.

To make sure that you’ve got everything you need to navigate the sleek new designer, Gemma has jumped in to show you exactly where everything is so you don’t waste time working it out.

If you have any questions or comments about the new designer, let us know at support@accredible.com.

A Model for Membership Organizations to use Both Digital Badges and Certificates

The question of where to use badges and where to use certificates can be challenging. Should an organization use just one, in which case which one, or should they use both? In our recent webinar with The International Association of Privacy Professionals, this very question came up, and they have developed a great model that we think is worthy of consideration by all membership organizations.

First of all, let’s recap on the two credential types.

Digital Badges

A digital badge is really a digital representation of a physical badge. It enjoys all the benefits of being digital, such as being sharable, verifiable, trackable, and having embedded metadata. Badges issued with Accredible are also compliant with the OpenBadge 2.0 standard, so they can be ported easily between platforms.

Designs typically resemble physical badges, as in the following example (although they do not have to):

Digital Certificates

Digital certificates are similar to paper certificates and usually look visually the same. They are available online and can be downloaded and printed, as well as enjoying the digital benefits described above for badges. Unique information (such as the recipient name, course details, etc) is usually visible on the certificate, unlike a badge. Additional information such as a transcript, work samples or references can also be attached.

iapp example certificate

How to use Both

To answer this question, let’s look at The IAPP again. In common with many membership organizations, the IAPP offers a range of formal training and certifications to its membership. An example is their “Certified Information Privacy Professional” certification. Before switching to Accredible, paper certificates were issued. It makes sense to use certificates (rather than badges) to recognize member achievement because:

  • Achieving the certification requires considerable effort over a period of time, and for the majority of users, a certificate with their name on it is perceived as more appropriate recognition than a badge
  • Traditionally this kind of achievement would have been recognized with a paper certificate and so there is better continuity when switching to this format
  • Many members wish to download and print their certificate for display, or to show to clients as evidence of their qualifications
  • Additional evidence such as work samples, transcripts, references etc can be attached
  • Details of the recipient, the course, the dates, etc can be displayed on the certificate

 

So how about badges? Most membership organizations engage with a variety of other people, be they members or not. They could be volunteers, employees, presidents, people who develop exam material, or volunteer board members. In other words they are people engaged in more specific service roles. For these people, badges makes more sense because:

  • They are a great way to recognize the contribution of these individuals
  • There is unlikely to have been anything in place beforehand, so there are no expectations to be maintained
  • They are less formal than a certificate

 

In using both, the distinction between the formal training and certification programs, and the less formal (but still important) recognition of contributions is maintained.

Accredible allows both certificates and badges to be designed, issued and managed from a single platform, so the above model can easily be adopted.

Full White Labelling Service Launched

When issuing credentials, many organizations wish to protect their brand identity, and ensure a seamless and high consistency experience for their users.

We’re delighted to announce that our new white labelling service that allows you to do just that, in an easy and cost effective manner.

The white labelling service makes core functionality available to all users, and adds more through a self-selectable premium feature. The core functionality allows you to:

  • Use your own logo within the issuer dashboard.
  • Provide your own banner image and description for your issuer page on the recipient website.
  • Control the header and colors used in emails sent to recipients (we already allow you to control the text).

 

The premium feature (available as a self-selectable add-on for all issuers) enables you to:

  • Provide your own vanity URL for the recipient website, for example awards.myorganization.com.
  • Show your own logo in the header of the recipient website
  • Control the footer content of the emails sent to credential recipients.
  • Let users see a branded version of the credential wallet, showing only credentials issued by you.

 

White labelling brings benefits beyond the immediately apparent ones of enforcing a consistent brand identity and professional presentation. People accessing the credentials that you have issued will feel that they are still on your site. As a result they will therefore feel more engaged with your organization, and more aware of the value that you provide. The legitimacy and value of your credentials will be enhanced since it is your organization, directly, that can be seen to be the issuer.

The premium feature enables the “Recipient Website Branding” page:

Configuration of recipient website branding

When viewing a credential, the page is branded with your logo, and uses your chosen URL:

Recipient page with white labelling

Should even more customization be required, we also offer a bespoke-level service, which allows control of navigation bar, footer, CSS, and changes to other page elements.

For more information on setting up white labeling, see our help page. To see pricing and get it set up for your organization click here. For more information, do contact us.

 

Accredible Gains Gold Award for Best Innovation in Blockchain Technology

Best Innovation in Blockchain Technology Award - Winner Badge

We were delighted to be awarded first place in the category Best Innovation in Blockchain Technology at the Reimagine Education Conference in San Francisco on 30 November 2018.

Jenn from Accredible receives the prize

Reimagine Education is an international competition rewarding innovative initiatives aimed at enhancing student learning outcomes and employability. It’s aim is to reward those most successful in creating transformational educational initiatives, enhancing student learning outcomes and/or employability.

Awareness of blockchain technologies and the exciting possibilities created by them, has grown in recent years. As a consequence, experts in an increasing number of sectors are seeking to examine how blockchain might spark innovation in their own industry.

Reimagine Education introduced the Best Innovation in Blockchain Technology Award this year. The award is given to the startup, company, individual, school, or university that can prove that they’ve incorporated blockchain into an educational setting in an effective, and sustainable, way.

Danny King, CEO of Accredible, commented “We are absolutely delighted to receive this award. It is testament to the innovative use of technologies such as Blockchain within our digital credentialing platform, and our use of those technologies to deliver improved educational initiatives, learning outcomes, and employability.”

To try Accredible for free, sign up today and see how easy it is to issue digital badges and certificates online.

Our favorite five new features for November 2018

We’ve added a lot of new features and functionality to Accredible in our latest release. Here are our top five!

1. New Credential Page Layout

The new credential page is cleaner and easier to read:

We’ve introduced screen areas for new information to be added, such as other courses. You can also provide your own custom call to action and link, as shown middle right below:

2. Credential Privacy Indicator

Sometimes its the little things that make the biggest difference, and this much asked for feature will allow issuers to see the privacy status of their issued credentials, in the credentials list.

3. Contract Details View

Now you can see detailed information on your subscriptions and your entitlements, including your monthly cost, any adjustments, next month’s charges, and your balance.

4.Kryterion Webassessor Integration

Webassessor logo

Kryterion Webassessor is a leading testing platform used by some of the biggest names in education and technology.

We’ve built an integration to deliver world-leading certificates, badges and blockchain credentials from their platform. Automatically issue credentials for successful test takers and enable automated lifecycle management to handle recertification.

If you’d like to know more about the integration please contact us at support@accredible.com.

5. Additional Language Support

We’ve added support for: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese (TW) and Turkish. We already had support for English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.

Next on our localization list is the addition of Arabic, Hebrew and Malay.

If you’d like to request support for a new language then please just let us know via support@accredible.com.

Language selection dropdown

Kryterion Webassessor Integration


Kryterion Webassessor is a leading testing platform used by some of the biggest names in education & technology.

We’ve built an integration to deliver world-leading certificates, badges and blockchain credentials automatically from their platform. Automatically deliver credentials for successful test takers and enable automated lifecycle management to handle recertification.

If you’d like to know more about the integration please contact us via support@accredible.com.

New Language Support


We’re very excited to announce further localization of Accredible certificates, badges & blockchain credentials. We’ve added support for: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese (TW) and Turkish. We already had support for English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.

Next on our localization list is the addition of Arabic, Hebrew and Malay.

If you’d like to request support for a new language then please just let us know via support@accredible.com.