This badge is for anyone supporting teaching or other support staff to take the first steps into online teaching.

Online course development is very much an iterative process so getting started will allow lecturers to build their confidence and experience, try out a few approaches and focus on improvements. 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 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

  • Dara Cassidy
    Hibernia College


  • Angelica Risquez
  • Gearoid O’ Suilleabhain


The learner should be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the student perspective of what it is like to study online
  • Apply principles of online module design including a range of assessment options
  • Develop online activities and open education resources and approaches to media creation
  • Experience online facilitation and interaction including some strategies for engaging students in the online space (towards building a learning community)