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Start date
March

Campus
Magill

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
MGDL

Fees
2018: AUD$ 26,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 27,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
NOTREQ

Key features

  • Graduate with a highly sought-after qualification – our degrees are ranked in the World Top 150 in Education1.
  • Study a curriculum that is informed by our above world-class research that has been ranked number one in South Australia by Excellence in Research for Australia 2015.
  • Learn from a university that has over 25 years’ experience in delivering online education. 
  • Study the only digital learning education-focused postgraduate qualification in South Australia.
  • Study this qualification fully online in your home country.
  • Gain advanced skills and knowledge in the development and delivery of digital and online learning platforms.
  • Study a curriculum that is informed by our above world-class research that has been ranked number one in South Australia by Excellence in Research for Australia 2015.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning, including the Master of Education or doctoral studies.

1 2017 QS Subject Rankings 

Snapshot

Snapshot

This graduate diploma is specifically designed for qualified educators who are interested in developing their knowledge, understanding and skills to design, implement and evaluate digital learning environments in educational settings.

The core courses focus on digital learning concepts and technologies, best practice in the design of digital learning environments, and learning analytics. You’ll also study courses in ‘big data’ and the neurocognition of learning.

This graduate diploma extends your learning and skills in the areas of digital education. You’ll graduate with a high level of practical and theoretical knowledge and skills to support digital approaches in your current teaching and learning environment.

This program is delivered fully online. International students who wish to study this program must study from their home country.             

Why Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning)

Why this Degree

Our education degrees are highly regarded – in fact, we are ranked in the World Top 150 for Education1. We are also South Australia’s largest tertiary School of Education and the only tertiary institution in the State to offer a postgraduate qualification that is specifically focused on digital learning. 

You can also rest assured that you will graduate with a relevant qualification – the curriculum for this graduate diploma is informed by our above world-class research (research that has been ranked number one in South Australia by Excellence in Research for Australia 2015) and it delves into current debates, theories and research relevant to this specialisation.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise:

  • we’re No. 1 in South Australia for student satisfaction2
  • we are the largest university in South Australia with 32,000 students
  • we hold 26th spot in the QS World University Rankings for institutions under 50 years old in 2017/18

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 nation-wide Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97

per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above.

It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

12017 QS Subject Rankings

22016 Good Universities Guide

Real-world connections

We have a strong reputation as a dynamic, vibrant and connected organisation, and as such we have extensive national and international industry links and relationships.

These industry relationships are of great benefit to students, and will form part of your important industry network.

Our teaching staff and many of our academics are also highly regarded researchers and leaders, and you may have the opportunity to work alongside these practicing professionals throughout your study.

Your career

Teachers have a passion for learning and a dedication to the social, emotional, physical and psychological development of children. Well-developed interpersonal skills, patience, as well as impeccable organisational and communication skills, are key attributes of successful  educators.

The demand for teachers is high1 and, according to the QILT Graduate Outcome Questionnaire 2015, University of South Australia Education degrees are ranked number one in the State for graduate employment.

You’ll be in a strong position to seek further career opportunities and progression due to your specialised knowledge and leadership capability within the digital learning environment. 

1Australian Governments Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This graduate diploma is specifically designed for qualified educators who are interested in developing their knowledge, understanding and skills in the design, development and implementation of digital learning approaches in educational settings.

The eight courses across the graduate diploma integrate current digital learning concepts; models and frameworks; interactive curriculum design and pedagogy; learning analytics; methodology of managing online communities; data; and the cognitive and neural perspective and environmental factors that influence learning through digital media.

This graduate diploma extends your learning and skills in the area of digital education. You’ll graduate with a high level of practical and theoretical knowledge and skills to support digital approaches in your current teaching and learning environment.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • assessments
  • essays
  • projects

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1,2 and 3)
Introduction to Digital Learning EDUC 5243 4.5 Note(s): 1
Digital Learning Environments: Design and Implementation EDUC 5242 4.5 Note(s): 1
Learning Analytics and Digital Learning EDUC 5244 4.5 Note(s): 1
Negotiated Project in Digital Learning - Part A EDUC 5245 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4,5 and 6)
Learners in a Digital Age: Innovative Practices EDUC 5237 4.5
Online Learning Communities: Formal and Informal EDUC 5239 4.5
Negotiated Project in Digital Learning - Part B EDUC 5246 4.5
Elective 4.5

I am the Program Director for the Master of Education, Master of Education (TESOL) and the Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning). I am also a Lecturer in English Language and Literacy in the School of Education. I completed my Bachelor of Teaching, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Master of Arts in linguistics at Deakin University (Melbourne), and my PhD in linguistics at the University of Sydney.

Dr David Caldwell

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Magill

Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applications are via UniSA's Apply Online portal.

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