Workplaces and work roles increasingly involve media-rich and technology-enhanced forms of learning, professional practice and personal development, often summarised in the term ‘elearning’. Accordingly, the experience of achieving this certificate has proved vocationally relevant across a wide range of occupations and locations, from managers in business organisations, teachers of languages, consultants, trainers and teachers at any level of the education sector.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education requires study using a range of tools and learning environments. You will improve your personal skills in using these tools and this makes a positive impact on your own practice. You will experience the implications of learning technology choices made across a wide range of contexts and organisations, both formal and informal. You will advance not only your skills of selection and design of technology, but also your understanding of how technologies engage learners and how they can be evaluated and developed on a continuing basis.
If you want to further explore this subject area, take a look at our range of online teaching microcredentials. These are sector-endorsed courses studied over 12 weeks, and are designed to help you build professional skills. They cover topics such as creating online courses, embedding mental health in the curriculum, evaluating online learning, accessibility, and equitable online learning.
The vocational relevance of a qualification in Online and Distance Education goes well beyond the obvious category of teacher and trainer, and previous alumni have included librarians, media professionals, project managers, consultants, entrepreneurs, practice educators in nursing, web developers and other professionals in commerce.
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