As a badge programme facilitator, your role will to be host one of fifteen nationally recognised professional development digital badge programmes. Following a facilitator development workshop you will have the skills, knowledge, competence and confidence to become effective facilitators of your programme for staff in your institution.

If you have recently completed a facilitator development workshop, you can sign up below to register as a badge facilitator. This step will require accepting the National Forum declaration of eligibility and code of conduct after which you will receive a National Forum participant information sheet, which should be distributed to all participants on your programme.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can become a facilitator of nationally recognised professional development digital badge programmes following successful completion of a short facilitator development workshop. By the end of the workshop you will have earned the skills, knowledge, competence and confidence for facilitating the programme in your own institution.

Please note: a digital badge will not be awarded to participants attending these workshops.

For a full list of upcoming facilitator development workshops, please click here.

Fifteen open access professional development programmes have been designed and developed against nationally agreed criteria by the National Forum collaborating subject expert development teams. They are an important step in recognising structured non-accredited professional development for the sector, and the programmes cover a range of key topics.

Participants who complete these programmes are awarded a National Forum digital badge matched to the domain it relates to on the National Professional Development Framework for All Staff Who Teach in Higher Education.

Although these badges do not have any associated ECTS, the badges can improve the mobility and recognition of non-accredited professional development of staff across the sector. The programmes and associated resources are available to download by all institutions through the National Forum PD Resource Portal. These include workshop-based and independent learning materials, presentations, activity sheets, facilitator guides and PD videos to attract prospective participants.

The digital badge has been designed based on initial drafts distributed to the badge developers for consultation.

The hexagon is a naturally occurring geometric shape in nature. Found in the formation of honeycomb it is associated with bees and their co-operative, hard-working natures. In numerology the number six represents Communication, Interfacing, Balance and Union.

The coloured hexagonal bands surrounding the inner circle vary depending on badge domain and represent the five overarching domains of the professional development framework: Personal Development: The ‘Self’ in Teaching and Learning; Professional Identity, Values and Development in Teaching and Learning; Professional Communication and Dialogue in Teaching and Learning; Professional Knowledge and Skills in Teaching and Learning; and, Personal and Professional Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning.

Therefore the band colour and text will change depending on the badge to be issued.

To earn each badge requires 25 student effort hours. There are a number of learner activities to be successfully completed and these are aligned to each of the four badge criteria.

Depending on the programme content, this may include workshops, activity sheets, PD videos etc. You, as facilitator will be responsible in issuing digital badges and ensuring that all who are awarded badges meet programme specific criteria.

All programme open-access materials are hosted on each badge page on the National Forum’s PD portal.

Your role as programme facilitator will be host the badge programme. Depending on the programme content, this may include workshops, presentations, etc.

The facilitator, as a subject-matter expert for the open-access programme must check that participants have met the requirements of criteria that have been set out to earn a badge. The criteria has been laid out on each of the programme web pages and in the badge metadata document within each of the badge material packages.

Facilitators are required to follow the National Forums Digital Badging Code of Conduct.

When the learner has successfully completed the programme, You will be responsible for issuing digital badges and ensuring that all who are awarded badges meet programme specific criteria.

Facilitators who have submitted the facilitator sign-up form will be issued with a login for Open Badge Factory (OBF) from where they issue badges to eligible participants (by email address). For steps on issuing a badge please view the online tutorial at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBUgdT4C2og

Further help and support is available at https://openbadgefactory.com/help/#h1-4

The facilitator of the open-access programme must follow the National Forum digital badging code of conduct and ensure that participants have met the criteria requirements to earn a badge.

No, the programmes have been designed and developed against nationally agreed criteria by the National Forum with collaborating expert development teams. Badge materials are subject to review and update and follow a version control system. If you are interested in providing feedback on a programme, please visit the digital badge feedback form.

If you are interested in using the materials for purposes other than facilitation of digital badge programmes, all programme materials have been developed (or adapted, subject to licence permissions) for open access under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence.

Yes, Institutions are welcome to download and host on their own Learning Management System (LMS) including Blackboard, Moodle, etc. All programme materials have been developed (or adapted, subject to licence permissions) for open access under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence.

Any LMS packages that are compatible with the National Forum’s LMS are also hosted on the National Forum PD portal.