Melbourne MicroCert

Digital Tools for Inclusive Teaching

Build your digital fluency and make informed choices about technology in your classroom.

Study mode
4 weeks + 1 week for assessment
Skills area
Transforming Classrooms with Technology

Upcoming sessions

Monday 30 August 2021


Technology has never been more vital for education, but it can be difficult to decide how to deploy it in the classroom.

This Melbourne MicroCert is designed to provide teachers with a strong evidence base to inform how they utilise technology.

Guided by leading practitioners from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, you will explore frameworks, research and literature that identify and evaluate different technologies and digital resources. You will examine how to meet learning needs in your own educational context, and how to purposefully use technology to enhance your student outcomes.

This Melbourne MicroCert is delivered fully online, offering a convenient way to advance your skillset, from a location that suits you.

Who is it for?

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for teachers who are currently in, or who are seeking leadership roles. The use of digital technologies and ICT in teaching practice is highlighted in the national standards for teaching across four levels of teacher expertise. This Melbourne MicroCert addresses the outcomes at the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) levels and can be used to add to your portfolio of evidence for HALT applications.

Key topics

Delivered as four modules, this Melbourne MicroCert explores a different topic each week. These are:

  • Criteria for effective learning technologies
  • Technology-enabled learning using an evidence-based approach
  • Evaluating technologies with a constructivist frame
  • Evaluating technologies in your educational context.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this Melbourne MicroCert, you will be able to:

  • Access and use an evidence base to explain the value of specific digital resources in meeting individual student needs
  • Analyse the impact of a digital technology tool on student learning outcomes
  • Purposefully use digital technologies to model best practice and expand learning opportunities for students.

Learning experience

In our innovative online learning environment, you will engage with other practising teachers and education specialists. You will take part in synchronous and asynchronous learning activities such as live webinars, peer-to-peer feedback and discussions, and interactive review tasks.

Who will you learn from?

This Melbourne MicroCert is led by Catherine Smith, a lecturer and member of the Digital Task Force at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on care ethics and social justice in the nexus of evidence-informed policy and practice, concentrating on equity and wellbeing in the use of digital and robotic technologies.

In her 30 years as an educator, Catherine has developed and delivered school and tertiary level courses, as well as executive and professional education in policy reform in Canada, Guinea-Bissau, the UK, Australia and Indonesia. She is committed to universal design, choice and equitable access in education in physical and digital spaces. She is currently on the Media Literacy Advisory Group at the Alannah and Madeline Foundation as an inclusion and education specialist. Catherine also serves on the Editorial Review board for the Journal of Online Learning research, is a reviewer for Cambridge University Press and BMC Psychiatry, and a moderator of the High Education Online Learning Collective.


This Melbourne MicroCert is delivered over five weeks, with four weeks of teaching and one week for assessment. You will undertake an estimated 7.5 hours of guided online learning, 17 hours of asynchronous, independent study, and an additional 16 hours for feedback assessment tasks.

Assessment includes:

  • Short video: mapping technology to student learning (40%)
  • Your choice of a video, text, podcast or diagram: justify the use of a digital tool using a digital framework (60%).

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Digital Tools for Inclusive Teaching Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable skills, knowledge and capabilities (as outlined in the learning outcomes). It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Links to industry

This Melbourne MicroCert has been created to align with industry standards and best practices. Assessment and learning outcomes are mapped to Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) standards as well as International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards, meaning learning is internationally relevant and applicable to a wide range of educational settings.

It has also been designed in close consultation with key professional associations, such as Digital Learning and Teaching in Victoria, as well as the Digital Learning Branch of the Victorian Department of Education, to ensure technological knowledge is contemporary and future-proof.

Pathways to further study

Digital Tools for Inclusive Teaching can be taken as a standalone Melbourne MicroCert, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Transforming Classrooms with Technology series.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in this series include:

Digital Tools for Inclusive Teaching is also designed to provide a pathway – otherwise known as advanced standing – into the Master of Education. To use Digital Tools for Inclusive Teaching in this way, you will need to complete all four Melbourne MicroCerts in the Transforming Classrooms with Technology series, as each one is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, and then apply for credit towards the Master of Education.

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

This Melbourne MicroCert will expire three years from the date of issue as particular knowledge and/or skills may need to be refreshed.

Eligibility requirements

An undergraduate or graduate initial-teacher qualification, or at least two years of work experience in education and/or training related roles in any sector.

Desirable knowledge and experience

This microcredential supports educators to examine the role of digital technologies in learning and teaching, as such, it is desirable to have an understanding of basic education practices and some experience in teaching or learning with digital technologies.


If you’re aged between 45–70, employed or recently unemployed (less than 9 months) and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, you could be eligible for Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Skills Checkpoint is an Australian Government funded service that allows eligible individuals to access personalised support programs including one-on-one support with a career advisor.

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Upcoming sessions

Monday 30 August 2021

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