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Digital Education - Continuing Professional Development Certificate - Cert

Course Fact File
DurationOne Semester Part-time: Can be taken in either Semester 1 or Semester 2
Teaching ModePart-Time
NFQ LevelLevel 9
NFQ Award TitleCPD Certificate in Digital Education
Fees€1,000 - Eligible UCC staff can apply for a 50% discount. See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date31 August 2024
Next IntakeSeptember 2024
Course Delivery MethodOnline


Start DateSeptember 2024

Course Outline

By engaging with digital education approaches and methodologies (both theoretical and hands-on) our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Digital Education explores the ways that digital education can enhance learning, teaching, research, training, and other professional practices.

On this CPD Digital Education programme, you will be introduced to foundational theories and methodologies in Digital Education in tandem with the evidence and research base informing those approaches. You will have the opportunity to assess your existing skills and practice in light of national, international, and disciplinary frameworks. You can then build on these strengths to design (or redesign) learning activities, assessments, or feedback plans using digital education approaches.  We facilitate learning and evaluation of a variety of digital education tools and approaches with a view to integrating them as appropriate to your own discipline and pedagogical approach.

Through practical workshops, reflections, discussions, and assessments, CPD participants will gain foundational knowledge in digital education as well as the confidence to respond to unexpected challenges. You will be able to reflect on the ways that digital education can support student learning and will be able to articulate your own approach to digital education and the rationale for its inclusion in your own teaching.  The 10-credit Introduction to Digital Education module can be taken in Semester 1 or 2.

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  • TL6200 Introduction to Digital Education (10 credits)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of digital education best practices rooted in research and practical applications;
  • Appraise existing skills and abilities in digital education and critically evaluate digital education practices using national, international, or disciplinary quality measures and frameworks;
  • Evaluate a range of digital education tools and approaches and critique their applicability (or inapplicability) to your own professional practice or scholarship;
  • Design a learning activity or assessment using digital education tools and approaches and outline a plan to gather evidence of its impact on student learning;
  • Critically assess the opportunities and limitations of a digital education approach and reflect on the steps required to mitigate potential obstacles;
  • Participate in inter/transdisciplinary discussions on digital education as a community of scholars.

Important Notice: Course Registration Deadlines

Please take note of the following deadlines for this course:

Round One Application Deadline: Friday, May 31st, 2024

  • If the course fills by this deadline, there will be no round two application process. Early application is advisable as there are limited numbers of places for this course. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by this date to guarantee consideration.

Final Registration Deadline: August 31st, 2024

  • In the event that there are additional places available, round two applications will open. Round two applications will close on August 31st, 2024.

We highly recommend early application to secure your place in our courses.

Course Practicalities

Our Digital Education CPD programme is delivered fully online through self-directed learning supported by pre-recorded lectures, readings, demonstrations, etc., live (online) workshops on four Thursday afternoons during the course, and weekly meetings of Peer Learning Groups.

The programme will run for 12 weeks with participants exploring key ideas and approaches in Digital Education such as learning design, engagement, collaboration, assessment and feedback, analytics, etc. broken up into four thematic sections: theoretical foundations, design, delivery, and evaluation.


Synchronous workshops at the end of each thematic section will offer participants an opportunity to make connections across topics and themes. These live sessions will take place on Thursday afternoons and are provisionally scheduled as follows:

  • 12 September, 3-4pm
  • 3 October, 3-4pm
  • 14 November, 3-4pm
  • 28 November, 3-4pm


Digital Education Portfolio

We use a Digital Education Portfolio format for assessment purposes whereby, on a weekly basis, all CPD participants put theory and ideas into practice and reflect on their learning in a semi-structured learning journal. These entries and the materials, plans, activities, etc. developed each week constitute the core of a Digital Education Portfolio to be submitted at the end of the course.

Peer Learning Groups will provide opportunities for collaboration and informal discussion complementing larger group sessions during the Digital Education workshops.

Why Choose This Course

This 10-credit, Level 9 Certificate in CPD is designed for anyone interested in broadening their understanding of the theories and methodologies of Digital Education.

This part-time CPD Certificate will build on existing strengths to consider existing learning activities, assessments, or feedback plans using digital education approaches and will provide you with invaluable space to apply new ideas to your own professional practice.


Academic Requirements

Primary Honours Degree (NFQ, Level 8). In exceptional circumstances and subject to review by the module team, candidates with an Ordinary Primary Degree (NFQ, Level 7) may also be considered subject to meeting the teaching requirements.

Professional Requirements

Minimum of one year of active teaching experience. This could include classroom teaching, tutorials, training, supervision, placement work, lab-based work, in the field, or in an online context.

Technical Requirements

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for the submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/PowerPoint etc. once registered.

Fees and Costs

€1,000 - Eligible UCC staff can apply for a 50% discount. Please contact Dr Sarah Thelen for more information.

The full fee is collected at the application stage. 

How To Apply

To Apply for this course log into the Application Portal and follow the steps below:

  • Click Apply Online
  • Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application 
  • On the 2nd tab Academic Level 

Select the following options:

  • Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
  • Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses
  • Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Application Statement
  • Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English Language Test Report (if applicable)
  • Transcripts (if applicable)


For Academic and Course Content Queries contact the Programme Coordinator Dr Sarah Thelen (

For Online Application Support see our Online Application Support page.



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