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

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent


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)


2017 course information

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.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

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.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. (more details)

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. 

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


Course Structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Professional Practice (Digital Learning), a student must successfully complete 4 credit points and 10 Professional Practice credentials.

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
  • 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 Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    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.

    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.

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