Start Date


0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

Study as
Part-time only


$AU 11,000 per 0.5 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2021

Degree overview

  • Study the only digital learning education-focused postgraduate qualification in South Australia.
  • Study this qualification fully online.
  • Gain advanced skills and knowledge in the development and delivery of digital and online learning platforms.
  • Learn from a university that has over 25 years’ experience in delivering online education.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning, including the Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning), Master of Education or doctoral studies.
  • UniSA's education degrees are number one in South Australia1.
  • We’re also ranked top 10 in Australia and top 100 in the world for education2.
  • Our curriculum is informed by our above world-class research in education3.

12020 THE Subject Rankings

22020 QS Subject Rankings

3Results for Specialist Studies in Education – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).



This graduate certificate 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 qualification is suitable for educators and education support staff across all year levels, including early childhood, primary, secondary and adult education.

The courses focus on digital learning concepts and technologies, best practice in the design of digital learning environments, formal and informal learning communities, and learning analytics.

This graduate certificate 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.

You can further build on your knowledge, and continue studies using this qualification as a pathway into the Master of Education.

Find out more about UniSA’s digital learning research here.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This graduate certificate is specifically designed for qualified educators and support staff across all year levels of education who are interested in developing advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in the design, development and implementation of contemporary and effective digital learning approaches in educational settings.

The courses in the graduate certificate examine current digital learning concepts, models and frameworks; effective digital learning environments, including the practical design and implementation of digital learning in the classroom; the analysis of data, including learning analytics; the role of formal and informal online learning communities in education, and innovative practices for learners in a digital age.

This graduate certificate 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.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Introduction to Digital Learning EDUC 5243 4.5
Digital Learning Environments: Design and Implementation EDUC 5242 4.5
Two of the following 3 courses:
Online Learning Communities: Formal and Informal EDUC 5239 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Learning Analytics and Digital Learning EDUC 5244 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Learners in a Digital Age: Innovative Practices EDUC 5237 4.5 Rule(s): 1

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.



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

  • online forums and blogs
  • reports
  • projects
  • design briefs
  • critical essays

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (Digital Learning)

Why this Degree

Our education degrees are highly regarded – in fact, we are ranked in the World Top 100 for Education1. We are South Australia's largest tertiary provider for education degrees 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 certificate is informed by our above world-class research2 and it delves into current debates, theories and research relevant to digital learning in education.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise:

  1. we’re No. 1 in South Australia for student satisfaction3
  2. we are the largest university in South Australia with 32,000 students
  3. we hold 25th spot in the 2020 THE Young University Rankings for institutions under 50 years old.
  4. Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2018 nation-wide Excellence in Research evaluation, 100%per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above4.

Now is the time to study digital learning in education. And UniSA is the place for your postgraduate study.

1 2020 THE Subject Rankings

22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.

3 ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SAfounded universities only.

4 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.

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.

Please visit the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning to learn more about UniSA’s world leading expertise and industry connections in digital learning.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.

Career outcomes

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 educators to have expertise in digital learning has never been greater.  With this graduate certificate, you will be in a strong position to seek further career opportunities and progression due to your specialised knowledge and leadership capability within the growing field of digital learning education. 

How to apply

Applications are via UniSA's Apply Online portal.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

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

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. 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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

Dr David Caldwell

Program Director

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Dr David Caldwell

Program Director


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