There is a growing awareness across international higher education of the value of using learner data as a resource for supporting effective teaching and learning. When used legally, ethically and effectively, this data can help staff who teach to identify students that may be likely to underperform, students that may need further guidance and give richer insights into how well students understand and are engaging with the subject matter of their modules. This badge aims to help staff who teach to answer the question ‘I know that my institution has all this data, but what can I do with it?’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 including eLearning Materials and Resource Pack. These packages 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

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has developed these open-access materials and resources:

  • Lee O’Farrell
  • Dr Terry Maguire


The learner should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the challenges and opportunities of including student data in their teaching practice
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the lecturer-facing resources in ORLA (The National Forum’s open-access online library)
  • Explore the potential applications of data in their own teaching
  • Develop their familiarity with some of the reporting features in their institution’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).