Enabling Student Volunteering

Next Start Date 05 June 2024
Duration 25 hours


The Enabling Student Volunteering open badge can be earned by an Irish higher education staff member that has reflected upon their practices, the policies and the theories underpinning student volunteering. 

Student volunteering programmes are part of a suite of community engagement opportunities for higher education with a civic purpose. 

You’ll Learn to

  • Engage with the workshop activities, introduction video and literature
  • Reflect on practice locally within your programmes, with your students, staff and community partners
  • Produce a reflective portfolio
  • Upload your student volunteering initiative to the Campus Engage website to share experiences

On earning your open badge award for this course, you will have achieved further recognition in the following domains of the National Professional Development Framework for Staff who Teach:

  • Domain 1 The Self At the core of the domains is the centrality of ‘the Self’, recognising that the professional and personal values that the individual brings to their teaching are pivotal in their development as a teacher.
  • Domain 2 Professional Identity, Values and Development in Teaching and Learning focuses on the consideration of professional and/or disciplinary identity in given contexts. The domain supports critical reflection, recognising that an individual’s professional identity can change at different stages of their career.
  • Domain 3 Professional Communication and Dialogue emphasises the importance of excellent, clear and coherent communication skills within the changing learning environment.

Course Developers

This open course has been developed by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with:

Lorraine Tansey

National University of Ireland Galway

Dr Davy Walsh

National University of Ireland Galway

Dr Maria Gallo

St Angela’s College Sligo

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Facilitator-led courses run at different times throughout the year and result in a digital badge. Some are entirely online, some are blended, and others face-to-face. Additional facilitator training may be provided so that you can later facilitate your own open course.

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Developer Materials (OER)

All materials generated during the development of this open course have been created (or adapted, subject to licence permissions) for use under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence as open education resources (OER).

Individuals are free to use, share, repurpose, and remix this material. Materials may include face-to-face workshop materials and eLearning materials.

Important: Individuals are required to hold an open course facilitator badge to be eligible to issue open course badges. Learn more