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Professional Development


Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning)

The Graduate Diploma is an initiative allied to UniSA's Digital Learning Strategy (DLS) 2015-2020. The award program will provide participants with a high level of practical and theoretical knowledge to aid in the development of rich and innovative pedagogies that will promote engaging and effective learning and teaching practice across the University.

For a limited time, the office of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer will provide tuition-fee sponsorship for up to 20 competitively selected UniSA academic staff per year to participate in the program on a part-time basis for up to two years per individual.

Interested staff can read more here


The program begins in Study Period 3, 2017 and is a partnership between the School of Education (EDS) and the Teaching Innovation Unit (TIU). The option exists for participants to extend their studies to complete a Master of Education. This extension will be self-funded.

The Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning) reflects the University’s commitment to develop specialist teaching capacity in its academic workforce.

Tuition fee scholarship selection workflow

    • Academic staff interested in applying for a tuition fee scholarship should begin discussing their interest with their Head of School (or equivalent) as soon as possible
    • Each Head of School will take into account the interest expressed by staff in the School and invite two staff (max) to proceed with their applications. When notified by their Head of School, applicants will be required to complete the application form


    • The Head of School will prioritise no more than two applicants per scholarship round from their School (or equivalent). The Head of School will work with the Dean: Academic (or equivalent) to confirm rankings
    • Application materials need to be completed in time for Deans: Academic (or equivalent) to send all materials to in the TIU by 5pm Fri 30 Sept 2016
    • When all prioritised applications are received, the Director: TIU will liaise with the Provost’s office to seek endorsement for the tuition fee scholarships to be awarded to the competitively selected applicants

Where practical, the selection process will be based on equal representation across the University’s Divisions and College

The Graduate Diploma at a Glance

MGDL Courses

Year 1

EDUC 5243


Introduction to Digital Learning (new course)


EDUC 5245


Negotiated Project in Digital Learning (Part A) (new course)


EDUC 5242


Digital Learning Environments: Design and Implementation (new course)


EDUC 5244


Learning Analytics in Digital Learning (new course)


Year 2

EDUC 5237


Learners in a Digital Age: innovative practices


EDUC 5239


Online Learning Communities: formal and informal


1 Elective


INFS 5095 Big Data Basics* or BEHL 5096 The Neurocognition of Learning (new course)


EDUC 5246


Negotiated Project in Digital Learning (Part B) (new course)

* INFS 5095 will best suit those staff with a background in IT, Mathematics or Engineering.


Enquiries about the program can be directed to Dr Tim Rogers, Academic Developer: Learning and Teaching Strategy, TIU or Dr Greg Restall, Program Director, in the School of Education.

Academic Practice

Academic Practice@UniSA was introduced at the beginning of 2014 for all new academic staff (levels A-C) who are employed at UniSA in continuing positions or on fixed-term contracts (of any duration). Academic Practice@UniSA replaces the Professional Certificate in Academic Practice as the mandated, probation-related activity for new academic staff. There are no exemptions.

Academic Practice consists of:

  • Teaching@UniSA
  • Research@UniSA
  • Supervising@UniSA
Course dates and further information is available here

Staff will be required to complete different components of Academic Practice@UniSA depending on their role (see requirements table below). Staff will be required to complete the program within their first year of employment and completion of the program will continue to be tied to probation. Casual staff may be requested by their Head of School to complete the program (or elements of the program) based on their type of teaching and level of responsibility.


This program provides an introduction and overview of teaching and learning at UniSA, good practice principles in assessment, Universal learning design, technology enhanced learning, learnonline, evaluating teaching, and the scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Teaching@UniSA is a 1-day program that will be held twice a year. For more information email


This program, run by Research and Innovation Services (RIS), covers UniSA's research environment, Australian Code of Ethical Conduct, and applying for research grants.

Research@UniSA is a 1-day program that will be held twice a year. For more information contact Mandy Clements


This program, run by the Graduate Research Centre (GRC), provides an overview of policies, procedures, strategies and resources for supervisors.

Supervising@UniSA is a 1-day program that will be held four times a year. For more information contact Sharon Scott.


Mandated courses through Academic Practice @ UniSA for academic staff members by role

Academic role

Mandated courses


Supervising@UniSA (if required to supervise)

Teaching only

Supervising@UniSA (if required to supervise)

Research only

Supervising@UniSA (if required to supervise)

Transition arrangements


  1. Staff who have completed Yr 1 and Yr 2 of the Teaching @ UniSA components of PCAP will be granted Teaching @ UniSA
  2. Staff who have completed Yr 1 of Teaching @ UniSA will be required to undertake Day 2 of the new Teaching @ UniSA program
  3. Staff who were identified to undertake PCAP and have only done one half day of Teaching @ UniSA or nothing will be required to do the new Teaching @ UniSA program in full.


  1. Staff who have completed Yr 1 and Yr 2 of the Research @ UniSA components of the PCAP will be awarded the Research @ UniSA
  2. Staff who have completed Yr 1 only will need to complete the new Research @ UniSA.


No change



Tutoring at UniSA is a 3 hour session focusing on face-to-face tutorials. It outlines strategies for active learning and getting the most out of your face-to-face time with students. This workshop will develop your approach to small-group work and can be used for any small-group teaching situations including flipped classrooms.