2 to 2.5 years part-time
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2023 close 19 February 2023
The future of education is no longer paper-based – it’s digital and ever-changing. Develop the specialist skills and expert knowledge to lead educational organisations through change with the Master of Digital Learning Leadership.
Through this specialised online course, you’ll explore the theory of digital learning design, learn how to apply it in projects, developing a portfolio, as well as forming new industry connections.
Do you want to lead in the field of digital education?
While digital learning has been a growing force in the education industry for a number of years, there are few formal qualifications. Deakin’s masters degree allows professionals currently working in the field to have their experience professionally recognised, at the same time building on their knowledge with the latest research and best of industry practice.
You’ll reflect on the key skills needed to succeed and lead in digital education through micro-credentials – including the ability to problem-solve, collaborate effectively, engage with a range of cultures, think innovatively, and much more.
Then, in the research units, you’ll get the opportunity to learn how to conduct educational research and apply your digital learning practices to write a research paper with expert supervisors.Read More
- Award granted
- Master of Digital Learning Leadership
2023 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 Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.
To qualify for the award of Master of Digital Learning Leadership, a student must successfully complete:
- 4 credit points
- 10 Professional Practice credentials and
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
Students must complete ten Professional Practice credentials.
Students must successfully complete 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.
You will have six months to complete a credential from the time of enrolment.
|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|
|Cultural Engagement||CRCEN-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.
^ Previously coded as CRTWK-A1
~ Previously coded as CRGCZ-A1
Intakes by location
The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.
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.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Ask a question about studying at Deakin
Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications.
Admission is based on:
- a Bachelor degree in any discipline plus five years relevant professional experience or
- a Graduate Certificate of Digital Learning Leadership
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Fees and scholarships
Estimated fee rate: $10,300 tuition fees plus $5,000 for Professional Practice Credentials
The available fee places for this course are detailed above.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.
This course includes a combination of tuition fees for four credit points of study and ten Professional Practice Credentials.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
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.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
What is FEE-HELP?
FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $48,361.
Please note: fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and based on 2023 rates. Actual fees may vary. We advise confirming fees with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.
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- does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
- does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 10% Deakin alumni discount);
- assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed actual number completed may be reduced if recognition of prior learning is granted;
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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 alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.
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.
If your circumstances change, you can exit the Masters with a Graduate Certificate of Digital Learning Leadership and graduate on successful completion of the requirements for that course.
Graduates find roles such as learning designers, learning technologists and learning assets developers in various educational providers and educational contexts. Many go on to secure leadership positions in schools, government and higher education.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
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