2 to 2.5 years part-time
The Master of Professional Practice (Digital Learning) is 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 in higher education who seek recognition for their prior learning, skills, demonstrated expertise and extensive experience through a combination of professional practice credentials and coursework units. The course 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 innovation in digital learning environments, and the and skills required by educational professionals amid constant change. Employability skills are validated and endorsed through a final holistic assessment activity that requires students to demonstrate their expertise.Read More
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
EEE731 Design, Teaching and Assessing Higher Education Programs (No longer offered in this course from Trimester 2 2018)
Students must complete ten Professional Practice credentials.
Students must successfully the following Professional Practice credentials based on evidence from their own professional practice. The credentials may be attempted separately or simultaneously and are assessed by an assessment panel that includes both academic and industry representatives.
|Credential||Code||Must have been achieved with the previous*|
|Digital Learning Professional Expertise 1 (Broad)||CRXBD-A1||5 years|
|Digital Learning Professional Expertise 2 (Deep)||CRXDD-A1||5 years|
|Critical thinking||CRCRI-A1||5 years|
|Digital literacy||CRDIL-A1||5 years|
|Problem solving||CRPSV-A1||5 years|
|Self Management||CRSMA-A1||5 years|
|Global citizenship||CRGCZ-A1||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.
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
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Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
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Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
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Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Successful students typically spend about 150 hours in learning and assessment for each one credit point unit. The time required to prepare evidence for credential assessment varies based on the student's existing documentation.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor degree in any discipline AND five years relevant professional experience OR
- a Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Digital Learning)
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
$9,428 tuition fees plus $4,950 for Professional Practice Credentials
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
|Capacity to use advanced technologies and specialised knowledge to create effective and engaging learning experiences across a wide range of disciplines and contexts|
|Using advanced design, analytics, visualisation, and instructional approaches to create accessible and engaging digital learning experiences|
|Create compelling digital learning solutions using a range of channels appropriate to the users’ device and location|
|Systematically investigate and critically evaluate new technologies, methodologies and theories of learning and teaching in online environments|
Apply advanced problem solving skills to conceptualise, design, construct, test and validate innovative digital learning solutions
|Sustain self-directed professional development to keep pace with innovation and actively transfer advanced theory and skills into the creation of effective digital learning and teaching solutions|
|Use advanced technologies and media for professional collaboration and improve the individual and group learning and teaching experience|
|Develop and manage 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
For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
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
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
Tel 03 5227 1359