Arden University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Education Practice is an innovative new course designed to support anyone working in education in redefining their teaching philosophy and practice for today’s post-pandemic, hybrid digital world. The course offers practical insight into emerging technologies as well as the opportunity to create a portfolio of digital tools that best suit your individual teaching requirements and ambitions.
The course will enable you to challenge, reflect upon, and enhance your use of digital artefacts in your approach to teaching, helping you bring your teaching methodologies and practices into the modern world. You’ll cover a wide range of theoretical perspectives on digital pedagogy and have the opportunity to apply your learning to your own areas of educational interests and professional practice. With its focus on contemporary digital education and lesson design, highly interactive teaching and learning strategy, constructive peer and tutor feedback, and lifelong learning, the course will allow you to critically analyse, create, and implement digital teaching resources in a safe and enriching environment.
Arden University are pioneers in online education,and this course is delivered by an academic team who have a breadth of experience in digital pedagogy and are thought leaders in their sectors. With their help, you’ll learn how to effectively integrate digital tools to enhance your teaching approach and learning outcomes. The hands-on, developmental nature of the course ensures that the knowledge and skills you gain will immediately strengthen your professional practice and profile, irrespective of your geographical location. And - because transforming the world of digital education is one of our core tenets here at Arden, we even offer this course to our own staff to further their skills development. That means you’ll be studying the course with some of our very own tutors.
Arden is for winners. Nobody will beg you to sit down and start working on your career, if you don’t do it yourself! At Arden, if you have an honest interest for what you learn and you want to reach out for more, you will be welcomed, helped, and advised. But to do that, you must be determined.
Unlike on more traditional degree programmes, you won’t be sitting any exams on this Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Education Practice. Instead, the course utilises authentic, real-world assessments that are fit to your individual needs. This way, you can put your learning into practice immediately and develop your digital capabilities within the context of your own subject, helping you gain practical employability skills you can transfer to your future role.
At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.
To be eligible for our Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Education Practice, you should normally have:
Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.
Elizabeth has worked within the Higher Education sector for more than 10 years, having started her career as a journalist and sub-editor. She worked as an editor and product development manager within Professional Services at The Open University, developing digital learning experiences for OU students as well as OpenLearn and FutureLearn.
She has a passion for critical digital pedagogy and is a champion for student centered design for digital learning. She received her Bachelor of Journalism from Rhodes University in 2003, her MA in Online and Distance Education from the OU in 2018 and has achieved Senior Fellow status of the HEA.
The highly engaging course sets you up with the knowledge and skills to design, implement, and evaluate digital teaching approaches pivoted towards today’s increasingly online world. You’ll also have the chance to apply your learning to your individual areas of interest immediately, helping you develop and refine your professional practice while extending your professional network.
In response to today’s online world, and with the acceleration of the use of online environments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, there is currently a growing skills gap in digital education. You’ll graduate from this course with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to excel in the hybrid future of the education sector, including the ability to:
This course is perfect for anyone working in education who is interested in learning more about digital teaching and further developing their practice. This includes early career academics, those working in higher education, or career changers aspiring to transition from one area of academia or education to another.
This programme is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF), a comprehensive set of professional standards and guidelines for everyone involved in teaching and supporting learning in higher education. The PSF is the gold standard for all higher education teaching in the UK, ensuring your learning meets the highest industry standards.
Advance HE is a member-led, sector-owned charity that works with higher education institutions in the UK and across the world to improve higher education for staff, students, and society. One of the most important ways in which it does this is through awarding Fellowships. Advance HE award four different categories of Fellowship, which demonstrate a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education. On successful completion of our Advance HE accredited course Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Education in Practice, students will be able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of one of the four Descriptors of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and are eligible for Fellowship.
Students benefit from:
a valuable measure of success increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion on successful claim of Fellowship, the entitlement to use post-nominal letters – AFHEA/FHEA consolidation of personal development emphasising their professional practice in HE recognition from a growing number of international institutions
Arden University is proud to be one of the only private universities in the UK to be awarded accreditation by AdvanceHE. It is a hallmark of our commitment to academic excellence.