Learner data can be a rich source of insights and evidence for institutions, empowering them to support student success in innovative and valuable ways. When used legally, ethically and effectively, this data can help to target resources and services to the students with the greatest need. It can inform improvements to academic and co-academic services, to foster student welfare and to support an engaging, quality-driven and fit-for-purpose curriculum.Read more...

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 of criteria required 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.

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has developed these open-access materials and resources:

  • Lee O’Farrell
  • Dr Terry Maguire


The learner should be able to:

  • Define meaningful, explicit objectives for a data-enabled student success pilot project
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the steps required to ensure an ethical, legally-compliant approach to using student datas
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the properties of useful and useable data sources
  • Develop an effective plan for taking action based on data-informed trigger