Micro-credentials and Digital badges in Engineering (MaDE in AIT)

The Initative Team

Initiative Lead
Athlone Institute of Technology

Primary Contact
Dr. Séan Lyons

Initiative Budget


Initiative Type


Digital badges offer the opportunity to provide a visual representation, allowing the learner (earner) to demonstrate their proficiency and skill, in a very public manner (if required) that would otherwise not be possible. This Learning Enhancement Initiative (LEI) sets out to develop a suite of digital badges that will form an integral part of a “Partnership in Academic and Industry Relations (PAIR)" pack. The badges will be designed and awarded to industrially based participants who are engaging with the institute to mentor and advise learners and academics. The primary focus areas for badge development will be student mentor, programme examiner, programme developer and project mentor. The Initiative will involve working with staff and students as well as industrial mentors to develop the training pack. The digital badge system in AIT is approved by Academic Standards and Quality (ASQ) which means that any badges developed or issued will have the AIT stamp of quality.