The Student Engagement badge equips staff in Irish higher education with the tools to implement the principles of student engagement in their work.

The badge is created to award participants for their exploration and contribution to enhancing student engagement throughout the student life cycle. The badge is designed for staff engaged in higher education, including academic, management, administrative, support and ancillary roles.

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

  • Cat O’Driscoll
    National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP)


  • Marese Bermingham
  • Roisin O’Grady
  • Sinéad O’Brien


The learner should be able to:

  • Explore the definitions and principles of Student Engagement and the related activities within your institution
  • Select a principle to implement in your work and create a one page plan
  • Demonstrate the impact of your plan with evidence
  • Reflect on the implementation and impact