A programme-focused approach to assessment encourages academic staff and students to experience their programme as a cohesive and coherent whole.

Programme teams need to engage in purposeful conversations about how, why, what, when and who questions related to the assessment of learning across the programme and consider ideas for its enhancement.

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.

Interactive Materials:

Pre-workshop: Why should we explore assessment from a Programme View?

Workshop: Knowing What’s Going On: Evidence and Dialogue

Post-workshop: Programme Assessment: Design Interventions

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

  • Ciara O’Farrell


  • Cicely Roche
  • Geraldine O’Neill
    National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education


The learner should be able to:

  • Highlight the value of exploring assessment from a programmatic perspective
  • Discuss the role of mapping and dialogue in understanding what’s going on in their programme in order to identify change
  • Complete an aspect of programme assessment mapping or dialogue; and
  • Reflect on the challenges and enablers of this mapping or dialogue process