0.5 years full time or longer for part time
Online Real Time
Delivery mode: 
Online Real Time
Start date:
31 July 2023
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 23 July 2023 for our next intake which starts on 31 July 2023.
Other locations:

Online real-time 


Gain in-demand skills in digital-learning design and development, with the Graduate Certificate in Digital Learning and Teaching at Victoria University.

Our career-focused course will teach you to create effective online learning activities and content. You'll learn the production processes of digital instruction design and development, graduating ready to work in this ever-expanding field.

With a focus on contextual learning, this course draws on Victoria University’s award-winning Connected Learning area to offer real-world, exemplary learning-design methods.

You'll work on industry and community projects, and develop an interview-ready portfolio by the end of the course.

Graduating with up-to-date knowledge of technical tools and digital systems, you will understand how learning analytics can inform your work, and how courses can apply digital tools to better the learning experience.

With the goal of future-proofing your study, we will examine new and emerging areas within our field.

The course is designed for a range of professionals. Classes are held online out of business hours (no campus attendance required) and curriculum can be undertaken ahead of time.

In 2022, this course will be held only in online real-time mode. You'll join evening classes using Zoom. CSP and subsidised places available in 2022.

As this is a relatively new field, a wide range of previous undergraduate degrees meet the selection criteria. Please contact Dr Natasha Dwyer ([email protected]) for more information.

Commonwealth Supported Places in 2023

Fees are heavily subsidised and HECS-HELP loans available for eligible students in 2023. Apply now or register your interest - there's never been a better time to study!

Work-focused learning is central to this education design course.

Drawing on knowledge in VU’s Connected Learning Unit and the College of Arts and Education, you will undertake client-driven projects, including industry-focused research. We look at education from a design perspective, producing learning designers who know how to educate using technology. Underpinning our work is educational design, and how can we create learning experiences that are engaging and match our pedagogy. 

You may also choose to work on projects from your own organisation, reporting back to your work colleagues as part of the development process.

These genuine, professional experiences mean you graduate ready to launch a career in this modern and relevant field.

During the course, you will develop a portfolio of work to enhance your job applications.

Initially, you will explore the research orientation of learning designers, and issues that are important to the field such as co-creation. By the end of the first unit, you will have begun the digital portfolio that we will build and refine during your study. 

We will help you improve this portfolio as the units progress, offering feedback and guidance until it has reached a professional standard.

By course end, you will have a professional learning-designer portfolio to show potential employers.

You will explore the technical and interactive design elements of learning design, as well as best-practice teaching and curriculum development.

In ‘Analysing the Web and Social Networks’ we examine the traces digital learners leave behind in order to find insights to improve our designs.

We also review important topics in the relatively new field of learning analytics and ethical issues such as data privacy.

Our instructors run online classes that you can join from the comfort of home.

This allows you extra flexibility, saves your travel time, and allows you to experience some of the digital learning experience firsthand.

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Careers in digital learning design

On graduation, you will be well placed to apply for the following roles:

  • learning designer
  • instructional designer
  • e-learning developer
  • education officer.

If you are a teacher, this course will help you build knowledge in the area of digital teaching and learning, and access new roles such as learning management system officer.

Find work in the following contexts:

  • schools
  • universities
  • education publishing
  • libraries
  • public access
  • government organisations
  • private training organisations
  • workplace training
  • media organisations.

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Certificate in Digital Learning and Teaching students will be required to complete:

  • 48 credit points of Core studies

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Create and critique online and digitally enabled educational instructional projects for a range of educational contexts through the systematic application of professional methodologies;  
  2. Formulate responsible, well-informed and ethical judgments in considering the role of education, design and digital media practitioners in a complex and highly dynamic industries;  
  3. Analyse and interpret data that informs the improvement of practice and critically apply cross-disciplinary theoretical and practical knowledge to recommend actions relevant to contemporary and emerging educational settings;  
  4. Investigate the role of different cultures, values and dispositions in the design of online educational products for niche audiences and report on findings, recommendations and implications for practice;  
  5. Collaborate to develop new knowledge about online learning;  
  6. Synthesise theoretical knowledge and apply to a practical outcome.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), Full-fee

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

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Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

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Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

Available start dates:

  • 31 July 2023

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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Direct applications are due on 23 July 2023 for our next intake which starts on 31 July 2023.

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