This badge seeks to help participants explore the impact of digital technology on teaching and learning and what those impacts might mean for policy development.

The badge is divided into six topics. Topics one to five are online and consist of an introductory video and reading and viewing activities. Online discussion boards are used in each of the first four topics to allow participants to share views on the ideas and concepts raised with other participants and the badge facilitator. Topic six consists of a half-day face-to-face facilitated workshop that involves group and individual activities.

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

  • Tony Murphy
    National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education


The learner should be able to:

  • Describe the policy implications of digital technology for teaching and learning
  • Identify policy gaps within your existing policy infrastructure
  • Articulate what makes a policy ‘enabling’ and the value of making it relevant to practitioners in their HEIs
  • Develop enabling policies for digital teaching and learning