Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Galway-Mayo civil engineering lecturer Dr Wayne Gibbons has won a prestigious award for creating and developing a suite of Digital Open Badges to enhance a module to keep students motivated throughout their studies and increase their employability.
Dr Gibbons won the “Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Learning Technologist of the Year (Individuals) 2022” award at the annual ALTC Conference in Manchester, UK. He is the first Irish academic to be awarded this international accolade.
The award recognises the positive impact Dr Gibbon’s doctoral study has had on the learning and teaching experience in ATU Galway-Mayo. He investigated best practice for designing and implementing digital open badges into a module through engaging with students, lecturing staff, institute management and an employer over a three-year research period.
Dr Gibbon’s research found that digital badges have resulted in an increase in motivation, engagement, confidence, peer learning, attendance and enhanced links to employability.