FAQs on Digital Badges
Spanning both the ‘expressions of interest’ and the badge development stages, a Digital Badges FAQs resource has been produced to support the work of the badge development teams for phase 1 of the initiative.
Update on Badge Development Teams
Great progress taking place on the digital badges project! Initial discussions between members of the different badge development teams have been taking place via Skype and email since the beginning of February, and these were consolidated at the planning and development workshop on 28/2/17 in the RIA.
The table below shows the badge areas being developed in phase 1 of the initiative, along with the badge development teams in each instance.
|Badge Title||Lead Developer||Collaborating Partner(s)|
|Academic writing in higher education||Alison Farrell, NUI Maynooth||Ide O’Sullivan, University of Limerick|
|Programme-focused assessment||Ciara O’Farrell, TCD||• Geraldine O’Neill, NF
• Cicely Roche, TCD
|Enabling Student Volunteering||Lorraine Tansey, NUI Galway||Davy Walsh, GMIT|
|Online Teaching: Getting Started||Dara Cassidy, Hibernia College||• Gearoid O’ Suilleabhain, CIT
• Angelica Risquez, UL
|Universal Design for Teaching & Learning||Ann Heelan, AHEAD||• Lisa Padden, UCD
• Dara Ryder, AHEAD
|Student Engagement||Cat O’Driscoll
Union of Students in Ireland
|• Sinéad O’Brien, DBS
• Marese Bermingham, CIT
• Roisin O’Grady, CIT
|Entrepreneurship||Breda Kenny, CEEN||• Colette Henry, DKIT
• Peter Tiernan, DCU
|PhD Research Supervision||Catherine O’Mahony, UCC [& collaborating HEIs]|
|Programme Design and Re-Design||Fiona O’Riordan & Tomas MacEochagain, Griffith College|
|Intercultural competencies for HEI staff||Louise Nagle, IT Tralee||Tom Farrelly, IT Tralee|
|Mentoring in T&L||Lynn Ramsey, Letterkenny IoT||Paul Gormley, NUI Galway|
|Teaching Strategies for New Lecturers||Mareese Bermingham, CIT|
|Reflecting on Teaching||Siobhan Cullen & Bronagh Heverin, Letterkenny IoT|
|Policy Development for T&L||Tony Murphy, IT Tralee|
Work is ongoing towards the development of an appropriate model to support the badge development initiative into the future, see Figure below. From the high volume of interest in digital badging from across the sector from the initial call for submissions, it was evident that digital badges are emerging as a way to document ongoing professional development, and have potential to demonstrate accomplishments as well as possibly serving as a motivator for those academics seeking improvement and wishing to demonstrate growth. Support for badge development is a key part of the process, and a day-long workshop brought the badge development teams together to discuss and negotiate the best way forward for their digital badges. Built into this support process is peer review, and the constructive, formative feedback will be used to validate badge content and reinforce the quality of the badge.