Master of Professional Practice (Digital Learning)



Deakin's Master of Professional Practice (Digital Learning) is specifically designed for experienced professionals seeking to progress their career through a professionally recognised postgraduate qualification. The course will suit those working in the fields of digital learning and emerging technologies who seek recognition for their prior learning, skills, demonstrated expertise and extensive experience through a combination of professional practice credentialing and coursework units.

The model offers educators, learning designers and educational resource managers a credible and validated approach to optimising prior learning and workplace experience to accelerate achievement of the course learning outcomes.

The course recognises the rapid pace of change in digital learning environments, and completion of this degree optimises and recognises the discipline-based knowledge and skills developed by educational professionals within this context of constant change. Employability skills are validated and endorsed through a final holistic assessment activity, where graduate will utilise their professional practice to demonstrate their advanced knowledge and skills in the domain.


Key facts


2 to 2.5 years part-time


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud

Key information

Award granted

Master of Professional Practice (Digital Learning)


2018 course information

Estimated fee rate

$9,428 tuition fees plus $4,950 for Professional Practice Credentials
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Deakin code



Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Professional Practice (Digital Learning), a student must successfully complete 4 credit points, 10 Professional Practice credentials and AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit).

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Introductory Units

  • Designing, Teaching and Assessing Higher Education Programs EEE731
  • Research Design Development and Method EDX701
  • Credentials

    Students must complete ten Professional Practice credentials.

    Successful attainment of Professional Practice credentials is based on evidence provided from professional practice, hence recognition through authentic learning experiences. All professional practice credentials are linked to the Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes. The credentials may be attempted separately or simultaneously and are assessed by an assessment panel that includes both academic and industry representatives. Please refer to the table below for the list of credentials.

    Master Credential Requirements
    Credential Minimum Level*^ Currency*
    Discipline Knowledge credentials    
    CRXBD-A1 Digital Learning Professional Expertise 1 (Broad)  5 (Advanced)  5 years
    CRXDD-A1 Digital Learning Professional Expertise 2 (Deep)  5 (Advanced)  5 years
    Professional credentials    
    CRCRI-A1 Critical thinking 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRCOM-A1 Communication 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRDIL-A1 Digital literacy 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRINN-A1 Innovation 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRPSV-A1 Problem solving 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRTWK-A1 Teamwork 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRSMA-A1 Self Management 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRGCZ-A1 Global citizenship 5 (Advanced) 5 years

    *Applicants who have not satisfied the level requirement, or who have successfully achieved the credential but not within the required timeframe may be permitted to seek re-credentialing.

    ^ There are five levels and these are aligned with recognized "exit points" from the education sector, the AQF, work levels and industry frameworks.  Level 5 is aligned to the AQF Masters Level.

    Research Units

  • Research Paper A EDX703
  • Research Paper B EDX704
  • Entry requirements

    Students are expected to have:

    • a bachelor degree in any discipline plus 3 years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) relevant professional work experience; OR
    • the Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Digital Learning) or equivalent and 3 years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) relevant professional work experience.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate a capacity to use advanced digital technologies and specialised knowledge to create effective and engaging cloud and digital learning and teaching solutions across a wide range of disciples and global contexts


    Use advanced technologies, design, data analytics and visualisation, and innovative instructional approaches to create accessible and engaging digital learning experiences and environments

    Digital literacy

    Create compelling cloud and digital learning and teaching solutions using a range of digital technologies and channels appropriate to the users’ device and location

    Critical thinking

    Systematically investigate and critically evaluate and test new technologies, methodologies and theories of learning and teaching in a cloud and online environments

    Problem solving

    Apply advanced problem solving skills to conceptualise, design, construct, test and validate innovative cloud and digital learning solutions


    Drive personal development to keep pace with global technological innovations and actively transfer advanced theory and acquired technical skills into the creation of more effective cloud and digital learning and teaching solutions


    Use advanced digital technologies and media to enhance professional collaboration and improve the individual and group learning and teaching experience

    Global citizenship

    Develop and manage cloud and digital learning strategies and systems sensitive to the ethical, social and cultural contexts and different user requirements

    Approved by Faculty Board October 2016


    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

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    Course pathways

    If your circumstances change, you can exit the Masters with a Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Digital Learning) and graduate on successful completion of the requirements for that course.

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin. 

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359

    Fee information

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    The course includes a combination of tuition fees for four credit points of study and 10 Professional Practice Credentials. It is estimated Professional Practice Credentials is $4,950. 

    Professional Practice degrees are designed for those who wish to be credentialed for outcomes towards which they have already made significant progress through their extensive experience in a relevant professional field.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Offered campuses

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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