The act of undertaking this badge is designed to place you on a professional development pathway, and is setting you up for your completing a PD portfolio for the future.

Professional development is something you will do every day of your life without even thinking about it; however, being conscious of the development you undertake will allow you to record this and develop in a systematic way. Professional development which can enhance and support student learning can certainly be a daily activity for those who have a teaching role in higher education. 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.

eLearning Materials

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 these open-access materials and resources:

  • Dr Terry Maguire
  • Dr Roisin Donnelly


The learner should be able to:

  • Reflect on what is involved in making a commitment to your own Professional Development
  • Explore and demonstrate familiarity with the national Professional Development Framework
  • Be informed by others who have already used the PD Framework and Identify key actions from these conversations for your own PD practice
  • Identify ‘next steps’ – moving from reflecting on PD to undertaking it