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0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GC104 (Internal)

Study as
Part-time only

Degree overview

  • Gain advanced skills and knowledge in designing, implementing, and evaluating digital learning environments in educational settings.
  • Designed for education professionals working in schooling, VET, and higher education sectors, as well as in-house corporate educators.
  • Complete your studies fully online and part-time. 
  • 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 Master of Education.
  • UniSA is World top 100 in Educationand our education degrees are number one in South Australia2.
  • Our curriculum is informed by our above world-class research in education3.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities4, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

12023 THE Subject Rankings
22022 QS Subject Rankings 
3Results for Specialist Studies in Education – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
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As education and training is increasingly online based, skills in the design, implementation and evaluation of digital learning environments form a highly valuable skill set.

The quality of digital learning environments can improve learning outcomes for students by enhancing engagement, motivation, and knowledge retention. Digital learning environments can also improve accessibility, reduce costs, enable continuous improvement, and adapt as new technologies emerge.

If you are working in an education setting such as in schooling, VET, the higher education sector, or as an in-house corporate educator, you can use this qualification to apply your learnings directly to your workplace.

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.

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

When you study this graduate certificate you will develop advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in the design, development, and implementation of contemporary and effective digital learning approaches in educational settings.

The courses examine

  • current digital learning concepts, models and frameworks
  • effective digital learning environments, including the practical design 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.

You will 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 Note(s): 1
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
Digital Learning Environments: Design and Implementation EDUC 5242 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2

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, as well as to 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.  UniSA is also the lead institution in Australia for research in Educational Technology2 . This qualification is informed by world-leading experts in digital learning and EdTech, including the Centre for Complexity and Change in Learning (C3L), so you will be learning the latest information available in the field and graduate with a highly relevant qualification.

12023 THE Subject Rankings
The Ausralian Research Magazine 2023

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

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing 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 individual course pages.

Study Education at UniSA

Hear from UniSA Master of Teaching (Secondary) graduate and teacher, Joshua Lamb, talk about his experience continuing his studies with the Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (Digital Learning).

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Career outcomes

Your career

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

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application


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 spaces 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces 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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What others are saying

The course content in the digital learning certificate is so relevant to teaching in an environment where there's an increasing focus on flipped learning, as well as the occasional need to teach in fully online settings. As a previous UniSA student, I knew the lecturers would be experts in the field and the courses engaging, with a real industry focus. Completing this certificate will help me develop and deliver better blended programs to meet a range of needs for students in my school.

Jane Sykes

Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (Digital Learning)

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Jane Sykes

Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (Digital Learning)