In this badge, participants will explore academic writing, specifically writing processes for themselves and their students, and the integration of writing into teaching pedagogies across the disciplines.


Each badge requires approximately 25 learner effort hours. This may include workshop-based and independent learning. There are a number of learner activities to be successfully completed and these are aligned to each of the badge criteria.

For more information on upcoming workshops to earn this badge, please visit upcoming PD digital badge workshops. Alternatively, contact your teaching & learning unit or the local National Forum associate in your institution for more information.

All digital badge programmes are based on open-access materials. If you are interested in issuing certified National Forum Professional Development Digital Badges, please click here to learn more or sign up.

Facilitators are required to check that earners have met the requirements to earn a badge. The criteria has been laid out in the badge metadata document within each of the badge material packages and is also embedded within the digital badge.

Yes, you can download the packaged (.zip) badge materials developed for facilitators by clicking here. Each package contains all materials required to facilitate the programme.

All the materials have been developed (or adapted, subject to licence permissions) for use under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence. Where available, eLearning packages (Tin Can/Experience API) are available for download for use on your institutional VLE/LMS.

Following a call to identify teams to develop a digital badge for a particular competence cluster in Irish higher education, the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has developed this badge in partnership with:

Lead Developer/s

  • Alison Farrell
    Maynooth University


  • Dr Aoife Lenihan
    University of Limerick
  • Dr Ide O Sullivan
    University of Limerick
  • Dr Sharon Tighe-Mooney
    Maynooth University


The learner should be able to:

  • reflect on their personal literacy journey primarily through the articulation of a literacy narrative; 
  • examine and describe their own writing processes as they relate to academic writing; 
  • explore the unique value, for them and their students, of developing and integrating writing across the curriculum and in their disciplines (WAC/WID); 
  • experiment with various informal in-class writing activities as an essential component of writing to learn and reconceptualise the place of writing in their classroom/discipline.