This badge presents a support resource for programme development teams enabling them to design coherent and learner-centred higher education programmes.

It is intended for use at the start of the design process when the key decisions are made regarding the programme’s intended audience and overall purpose.

In line with the ECTS (2015), driven by EHEA, this four-step process is intentionally learner-centred in comparison to historically programme-centred design processes.

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

  • Fiona O’Riordan
    Griffith College
  • Tomas MacEochagain
    Griffith College


The learner should be able to:

  • Establish the profile, needs and aspirations of the programme’s intended learners
  • Identify an appropriate set of key programme learning outcomes and outputs that learners will achieve and produce
  • Explore and propose a suitable programme structure and outline content to underpin the  learners’ educational development
  • Propose an authentic teaching, learning and assessment strategy to support and evidence the learners’ achievements