The Recognition of Prior Learning Digital Badge is back!

February 13, 2024
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Join over 200 people who received the RPL Digital Badge in 2023!

Following from hugely successful participation and delivery last year, the RPL Digital Badge, in partnership with The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is back offering participants an excellent introduction to all things RPL.

Start Date: April 2024
There is no charge to participate.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process by which prior learning is formally valued. It is a means by which prior learning is identified, assessed, and recognised by an educational institution as part of its programmes, courses, and/or modules on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).  This makes it possible for an individual to build on learning achieved and to be rewarded for it.

The RPL Digital Badge helps staff in the tertiary sector learn about RPL and how it applies to their own work, both at their institution and within the broader education sector. The 6-week course is available to all staff currently working in tertiary education in the Republic of Ireland. Participants from other sectors and those with an interest in RPL are also welcome.

Additional facilitator training is included so that you can become a facilitator of this course and run it in your own institution.

This fully online course offers participants flexibility and is an excellent foundation course for Recognition of Prior Learning in higher education. The course equips participants with the tools and knowledge to:

  • Explain the concept of RPL and reflect on its application within their own setting;
  • Reflect on the potential impact of RPL for an institution, its staff and students;
  • Identify existing policies and consider their alignment with practice;
  • Analyse the relationship between programme and module learning outcomes and the RPL candidate.

Commencing 10th April 2024. Running over 8 weeks. Webinars (90 mins) will take place every Wednesday morning. See further guidance information below. There are 25 learner effort hours required for the successful completion of this badge which can be broken down as follows:

  • Live Webinars every Wednesday from 9:30 – 11:00am
  • Peer Triad Participation for one hour per week (6 hours)
  • Self-directed learning through the engagement with the course materials, completion of associated activities and the production of a Journal of Reflection (10 hours).

*An additional five learner hours are required for the facilitator add-on (optional), in addition to attendance at two extra webinars over 2 weeks.


April Timetable

There is no fee to take part in the RPL Digital Badge. Participants can be those working in higher education, or those who are working on other sectors who have an interest in RPL.

Registration closes on Thursday 4th April 2024.

Register Here: Online Course: Recognition of Prior Learning (April 2024) – Open Courses


Hear what past participants have to say:

“One of the best badges I have ever completed. While my currently role doesn't involve me coordinating or dealing with RPL applicants directly, the material and conversations were still very relevant to me. The guest contributors were excellent, a pleasure to listen to.”

“This course was excellent in content and most enjoyable. It was well thought out and well delivered. Still lots more to explore with regard to the concept. It has created a great resource of contacts and networking opportunities. Would definitely recommend others to do this”.

“I like the flexibility of watching the recordings. I loved my peer triad group, it worked very well. Everyone was very open and friendly. I usually drop out from digital badge programmes but this is the only one I survived until the end. You made it possible. Thank you!”

Badge Developers

This open course has been developed by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with Deirdre Goggin, MTU, and Dr Cathal de Paor, MIC (original content designers); updates by Dr Ciara Staunton, UCC and The RPL in Higher Education Project, a HCI Pillar 3 Initiative.


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