The Learning Technologies module CEL263 has been developed by the Learning Technologies team at NUI Galway and is offered to academic staff as part of a PostGraduate Diploma in Academic Practice (10 ects) or as a standalone module. It aims to provide a theoretical and practical exposure to a range of technologies used in teaching and learning in higher education, and how these technologies can be used to enhance the learning experience.
As one component of the module assessment, students are required to demonstrate a number of key competencies, based on the more practical workshops. Badges are awarded, via the Achievements tool on Blackboard, as competencies are demonstrated.
First piloted in September to December 2013, the use of badges made the requirement to demonstrate the competencies more explicit. There is also a sense of competition to acquire the badges