Journal article

'They help us realise what we're actually gaining': The impact on undergraduates and teaching staff of displaying transferable skills badges

Michelle A Hill, Tina Overton, Russell RA Kitson, Christopher D Thompson, Rowan H Brookes, Paolo Coppo, Lynne Bayley

Active Learning in Higher Education | SAGE Publications | Published : 2021


Attaining transferable skills is increasingly important for undergraduates and, while such skill development may be embedded within the curriculum, it is often not well recognised by students. This mixed methods study explores the use of skills badges as icons displayed on curriculum materials in several disciplines at two universities. The badges are designed to draw students’ attention to skill development opportunities; an approach that is easily scalable in any discipline. Results indicated that more than half of students found the badges helpful and their recognition of the development of some skills increased. Other benefits included understanding the wider purpose of learning tasks, i..

View full abstract


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This research was supported through an Australian Government Research Training Programme Scholarship and Monash Warwick Alliance seed funding.