Start date


1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2021: AUD$ 29,300 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)

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This program is not available to students wishing to study in Australia on a student visa

Degree overview

  • 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.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning, including the Master of Education or doctoral studies.
  • UniSA's education degrees are ranked in the world top 150 for education1.
  • Our curriculum is informed by our above world-class research in education2.

12021 QS Subject Rankings
2Results for Specialist Studies in Education – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).



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.

Find out more about preparing for the digital university here.

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

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.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1,2 and 3)
Introduction to Digital Learning EDUC 5243 4.5
Digital Learning Environments: Design and Implementation EDUC 5242 4.5
Learning Analytics and Digital Learning EDUC 5244 4.5
Negotiated Project in Digital Learning - Part A EDUC 5245 4.5
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

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 (independent study). 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 Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning)

Why this Degree

Our education degrees are highly regarded. 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 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 digital learning in education.

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

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.

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

As a UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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. You will also gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. 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 advanced facilities including modern 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

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. 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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Dr David Caldwell

Program Director


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