Most questions about Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education have shifted from how to use technologies to understanding how to teach and learn with technologies. While there is an increasing recognition of the role of ICT in transforming both the teaching and learning practices, the lack of pedagogical knowledge among educators and practitioners is the foremost reason why emerging technologies remain unexplored in education or under utilised. The other challenge is the inadequate theorisation of the phenomenon of teaching with ICT as opposed to teaching ICT. This is particularly pronounced in the education systems in developing nations where much focus of ICT in education has tended to emphasise technologies that institutions provide (e.g. computers) which student do not often personally own. Thus, this postgraduate programme, jointly offered by the School of Education and the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) is one of the programmes of its kind in Africa aimed at addressing the said educational conundrum.


The primary objective of the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology is to provide potential and practising educators, corporate trainers, and anyone responsible to e-Learning with an opportunity to understand the effects that any use of emerging technologies have on the practice of learning, and how pedagogies need to be aligned to ensure positive learning outcomes. Thus, the programme responds to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century education in developing nations through the lens of global trends.  

 The programme comprises four courses, each of which must be completed.

  • EDN4500W: Emerging Technologies in Education
  • EDN4503W: Learning Teaching & Emerging Technologies
  • EDN4501W: Online Learning Design
  • EDN4502W: Research & Evaluation of Emerging Technologies

These courses are offered in blended mode:

2024 Dates

  Start Block (F2F) week End
EDN4500W 12 Feb 26 Feb - 2 March 12 April
EDN4503W 15 April   14 June
EDN4501W 18 June 8 July - 13 July 16 Aug
EDN4502W 19 Aug   18 Oct

Application Procedure

To make a formal application you need to complete the UCT application for postgraduate admission on or before the 31 October. Please follow the links below and complete the forms with the greatest care to detail.
Please find online application information and links below:

For any queries with your online application, please contact the Admissions Office on (021) 650 2128 or Admissions-pg@uct.ac.za- one of the staff members will be able to talk you through the process.


23-26 January 2024 


Please consult Tony Carr and Shanali Govender for any queries relating to the programme.

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