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Predict: Current and Future Trends in e-Learning

What does the future of education look like? Are educators going to be replaced by robots? Is STEM going to take over? In this UTS Open microcredential, you’ll explore the tools and technologies shaping the e-Learning landscape and learn to deploy them for educational gain.



This course made me more aware of the different technologies and ways to do things for students. It’s made me think more carefully about what I will use for my students and ensure that it’s accessible for all students and evaluate more carefully what I am using.

Simone Tyrell - Liaison Librarian

About this microcredential

This course will prepare you to consider current and emerging technologies and their potential to drive e-Learning outcomes. You’ll explore a range of technological innovations, including virtual and augmented reality, machine learning, gamification, STEM education, robotics, and artificial intelligence, applying different learning and instructional theories to assess their potential. You’ll also learn to design and develop prototype learning objects that reflect the power of technology in shaping e-Learning outcomes.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential has been designed to:

  • Equip you with practical and in-demand learning design skills that can be applied in various industries
  • Immerse you in the latest trends and innovations in the use of technology in learning design
  • Develop your abilities to design suitable learning objects using emerging technologies
  • Provide you with the skills and knowledge to evaluate the effectiveness of technological resources.

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Predict: Current and Future Trends in eLearning (010306) in the Graduate Certificate in Learning Design. This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.  

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is aimed at professionals from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds who are involved in the development and facilitation of learning and education. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • HR professionals
  • Learning designers
  • Instructional designers
  • PhD students
  • Academics
  • School teachers
  • Trainers.


Full price: $1,400 (GST free)*

Special price: $1,260 (GST free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

This course comprises six modules and is delivered over six weeks. Each module features self-study materials, interactive activities such as quizzes, multimedia presentations, short video and audio recordings and peer critiques, as well as facilitated, live online sessions. These weekly, live online sessions provide an opportunity to apply the content to practical and authentic examples drawn from the workplace, with the course culminating in an industry led expression session.

The six modules are:

1.  A critical look at the past

  • Begin with an exploration of the history of educational technologies. Examine why ‘game-changing’ initiatives have not succeeded in education and how to avoid future failures.

2.  Gamification and games-based learning

  • Examine the theories and key elements of gamification and games-based learning and evaluate the ways organisations are using these ideas in education and training.

3.  Augmented reality, virtual reality and virtual worlds

  • Discover the key features and educative potential of augmented reality, virtual reality and virtual worlds. Study the challenges for learning designers in using this technology and the impact on education.

4.  Machine learning and artificial intelligence

  • Learn how artificial intelligence and machine learning is being used in educational settings and the ethical concerns related to the use of this technology.

5.  A critical look at the future

  • Explore the future of educational technology and the critical skills to use to assess these technologies.

6.  Expression session

  • Engage in a practical workshop hosted by an industry expert that combines the ideas, concepts and tools developed throughout the course, putting them into practice.


Course delivery

This microcredential includes weekly, live, optional online sessions facilitated by an expert UTS academic, supporting self-study and online learning activities. The live sessions focus on applying the course content to practical and authentic examples drawn from the workplace. Regular formative quizzes throughout the course allow participants to track their progress.

Course learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the trends and innovations that influence current and future directions in learning design
  • Design and develop suitable learning objects by selecting and using emerging tools to meet learning outcomes within personal or professional contexts
  • Reflect and evaluate your own and others’ learning and practice
  • Communicate and justify your chosen design of learning objects in ways that are appropriate to the audience, context and purpose.


Assessment task 1: Future focused learning design object (weight - 60%)

  • Analyse a current or emerging trend in e-Learning and develop a design scenario and sample object that meets the needs of the design scenario.

Assessment task 2: Pitch (weight - 40%)

  • Create a pitch that explains the design choices used in assessment task 1, with specific reference to academic literature (length: 5 minutes)     

In order to pass the microcredential, participants must complete all assessments and achieve at least 50% of the course’s total marks.  




To complete this online microcredential, you will need access to a computer or device with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom.

Professional recognition

NESA has recently changed its professional development requirements. Teachers are strongly encouraged to review the NESA website for the latest information.


Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • UTS alumni/students 10% discount with voucher code: FASSalumni 
  • UTS staff 10% discount 
  • 5% discount for group enrolments of 3 or 4 from the same organisation (see below for how to obtain your voucher code)
  • 10% discount for group enrolments of 5 or more from the same organisation (see below for how to obtain your voucher code).

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount voucher code (group enrolments)

  • Please contact the team at with details of group enrolments, to obtain your discount voucher code. Note that group enrolments will not be validated until the minimum number of criteria enrolments have been received.

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

How to apply your discount voucher  

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number in your UTS Open Profile (under “A bit about you”). If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the “Have a code?” prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button. 

Contact information

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