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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  provides 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 competitively selected UniSA academic staff to participate in the program on a part-time basis for up to two years per individual.

The next intake begins in Study Period 2, 2018. The program 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 27 Oct 2017.
  • 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

Year 1

EDUC 5243 Introduction to Digital Learning
EDUC 5245 Negotiated Project in Digital Learning (Part A)
EDUC 5242 Digital Learning Environments: Design and Implementation 
EDUC 5244 Learning Analytics in Digital Learning

Year 2

EDUC 5237 Learners in a Digital Age: innovative practices
EDUC 5239 Online Learning Communities: formal and informal
1 Elective:
INFS 5095 
BEHL 5096

Big Data Basics* or 
The Neurocognition of Learning
EDUC 5246 Negotiated Project in Digital Learning (Part B)

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

Enquiries about the program can be directed to Dr Gavin Sanderson, TIU Program Director for the Graduate Diploma, or Dr Alan Barnes, EDS Program Director for the Graduate Diploma.

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 (12 months or more). 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:


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.

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

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

is a 1-day program that will be held twice a year.

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is a half-day program that is held twice a year.

For more information contact Cath White 

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is a 1-day program that is held four times a year.

For more information contact Prof Alistair McCulloch or Dr Cassandra Loeser.

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Course Dates and Further Information

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/Director to complete the program (or elements of the program) based on their type of teaching and level of responsibility.


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

Academic RoleMandated 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.