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.

Accredible is Shortlisted for the Reimagine Education Awards

Reimagine Education Awards – Best Innovation in Blockchain Technology

Accredible is thrilled to announce that its flagship product has been shortlisted by Reimagine Education for their Best Innovation in Blockchain Technology award.

Blockchain provides a perfect mechanism to add security to credentials and build lasting trust in the qualifications that are essential to careers. Accredible uses the blockchain to cryptographically seal a record of a certificate or badge when it’s created so that third parties can be certain that a record hasn’t been altered since being issued. Once we’ve recorded a credential on the Blockchain it cannot be altered, faked or spoofed. If someone attempts to create a credential that looks like an existing credential it won’t verify against the Blockchain record.

ABOUT ACCREDIBLE

Accredible is an industry-leading digital credentialing platform which allows users to securely issue, manage, track, and verify their certificates and badges. Its platform is used by over 400 organizations worldwide, including Google, UC Berkeley, and IEEE. More than 1,500,000 students have received certificates, badges or blockchain credentials through their platform.

ABOUT REIMAGINE EDUCATION

Reimagine Education is an international competition rewarding innovative initiatives aimed at enhancing student learning outcomes & employability with $50,000 and 17 ‘Oscars’ of Education. It culminates in a global conference for all those seeking to shape the future of education.

The NCHERM Group & Accredible

The NCHERM Group, LLC (PRNewsfoto/The NCHERM Group)

Legal Consulting for Safer Schools & Campuses

The NCHERM Group and its affiliated organizations, NaBITA and ATIXA have trained over 12,500 education-focused professionals since 2012. NCHERM Group was founded in 2000 with the goal of identifying, developing and delivering best practices for school and campus health and safety. They’re a leader in campus risk management and preventative law efforts, emphasizing best practices for policy, training, and prevention as proactive risk management for the organizations that they work with.

In September 2018, The NCHERM Group adopted Accredible to add digital badging to its programs. Digital badges offer a visual, public, portable and sharable credential upon completion of their training. They enable third party employers, colleges and students to recognize and verify an individuals training and professional development in a secure, convenient manner.

“Accredible makes it possible for The NCHERM Group to deliver digital, portable badges to our certification trainees. Attendees put a lot of time and energy into our trainings, and we want to reward them with something tangible to show for it. A certificate on a wall is great, but badging is next-level recognition. ATIXA, NaBITA, and TNG certifications are commonly listed as preferred or required qualifications for job postings in the education field, and we understand how imperative it is to showcase your commitment to professional development and learning with us.” – Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., President & CEO of The NCHERM Group.

“”We’re very excited to be entrusted by The NCHERM Group to help issue their digital credentials. We strongly believe in their mission to help bring safety to school and college campuses all across America. Education should be a fundamental right and all should be guaranteed a safe environment, which is why we couldn’t be more proud to have been chosen as the credentialing partner for these projects.”
Danny King, CEO of Accredible.

 

ABOUT ACCREDIBLE

Accredible is an industry-leading digital credentialing platform which allows users to securely issue, manage, track, and verify their certificates and badges. Its platform is used by over 400 organizations worldwide, including Google, UC Berkeley, and IEEE. More than 1,500,000 students have received certificates, badges or blockchain credentials through their platform.

ABOUT THE NCHERM GROUP

The NCHERM Group is a law and consulting firm that offers systems-level solutions for safer schools and campuses. The NCHERM Group is a repository for models that enhance and advance risk management and preventive law efforts. The NCHERM Group emphasizes best practices for policy, training, and prevention as proactive risk management. The NCHERM Group specializes in advancing culture change strategies and problem-solving for the tough wellness, compliance, and liability issues colleges and universities face today. The NCHERM Way has become the risk management touchstone for schools, colleges, and universities across the country. It has provided services to more than 3,000 colleges and schools. It represents more than 75 colleges and universities as outside counsel, and has represented more than 200 over the years, making The NCHERM Group one of the largest specialized higher education law practices in the country. It also serves a growing number of preK-12 school districts and independent schools. Every day, more schools and colleges enhance the health and safety of their communities The NCHERM Way.