MLS&T – career paths

MLS&T graduates go on to careers as designers, managers, consultants, researchers and educators in:

  • Small to large corporations
  • Government bodies and Health Care
  • E-learning companies
  • Vocational Education and Training
  • Professional Development & Lifelong Learning
  • Research and Higher Education

Graduate profiles

Some of our graduates are looking to get that promotion or change career directions. Others are pursuing a research or academic career in the field. All our students have a desire to gain expert skills and knowledge in designing successful learning experiences with technology.

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Martin Parisio: Postgraduate Fellow and PhD Candidate
Martin completed the research stream over two years as a part time student. He then transitioned to PhD research investigating educational design for learner autonomy.

  • Q. Why did you decide to enrol in the MLS&T?
    I enrolled in the MLS&T course because I was interested in the current state of knowledge on learning and the role of applied technology. As a graduate teacher of secondary school education, I became fascinated in technology enhanced learning and teacher professional development. Although other Master’s level education programs were considered none covered more thoroughly the sciences and technologies of learning.
  • Q. What are you doing now?
    Since transitioning to PhD research, I have become more interested in the design of learning spaces – specifically how designed space enhances and supports learner autonomy. Underpinning this interest is a deeper passion of learning, teaching, education and the scholarly nature of university research.
  • Q. What was your favourite thing about your experiences here?
    I think the most valuable aspect of the MLS&T course was learning with a range of professionals from school education sectors to broader industry sectors. Everyone brought something unique to the collaborative learning tasks.
  • Q. How has your MLS&T experience affected your career path?
    The MLS&T (Research Stream) was the link in my career path that has led me to research in higher education. I am now applying the research skills I gained during the course.
  • Q. What was your path through the MLS&T?
    Research Stream
  • Q. Anything you would like to say to anyone considering further study in e-learning with the MLS&T?
    The MLS&T course is a great foundation for anyone involved or connected with e-learning. The professional stream and research stream are both informed by the current state of knowledge led by world-class leaders in the field.
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Dewa Wardak: PhD Candidate
Dewa completed the research stream over two years as a part time student. She is now working on her PhD, titled "Seeing through the Eyes of the Educational Designer."

  • Q. Why did you decide to enrol in the MLS&T?
    During my Bachelor degree, I had to take many online units as they were more convenient while I was taking care of my 3 month old baby. I was well aware of many new online tools and technological affordances but my online classes did not reflect these advances, and I wasn't sure why. Most of the units focused on content delivery in static formats and the only interactive feature was the discussion board.
    In one of my undergraduate units there was a brief discussion about eLearning that made me aware that there are many complex issues to consider when designing for learning using technologies. After finishing my Bachelor degree in Internet Studies, I decided to learn more about eLearning but was surprised to see few tertiary institutions offering qualifications in this area. MLS&T was the only program that offered a unique environment where I could use online tools and technologies in new and innovative ways to learn about the sciences of learning and technologies.
  • Q. What are you doing now?
    I am a PhD candidate at CoCo now working on my thesis titled: Seeing through the Eyes of the Educational Designer. I am researching the role of visual representations during instructional design team meetings.
  • Q. What was your favourite thing about your experiences here?
    I enjoyed the blended approach where I had the opportunity to meet other students in person and then continue working with them online. I also think the live weekly online classes provided a valuable experience and an opportunity for regular direct discussion with the tutors and other students.
  • Q. How has your MLS&T experience affected your career path?
    I would not have succeeded to enroll in or successfully continue my PhD had it not been for MLS&T. My path through the MLS&T Research Stream prepared me for my PhD and a possible future academic career. I am applying the research skills I learned during MLS&T, only at a larger scale now. I would highly recommend MLS&T Research Stream to anyone interested in conducting research into learning with technologies.

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Hannah Forsyth: Higher Education Online Learning Manager & PhD Candidate
Hannah started in the professional stream and moved to research. She currently works as a learning manager in Higher Education and is doing a PhD.

  • Q. When did you graduate?
    I completed the Graduate Certificate in Learning Sciences and Technology. I did the GradCert in one year while I worked full time. This was pretty tough, but it was so relevant to work that it was not as difficult as other programs might have been.
  • Q. How did you come to your decision to enrol in the MLS&T?
    I was keen to develop my knowledge of educational theories, my understanding of technology and my skills in educational design. The program had a nice balance of practical applications and current research.
  • Q. Do you think your MLS&T experience has had any impact on the work you do now or on your career path?
    I used the things I learned as soon as I learned them - and I also found I regularly brought things I learned at work to my study. After I had finished my study, I drew regularly on the things I had learned and found that I often pulled out material (often my own assignments) to help with some aspect of educational design or research. Since then I have changed jobs and have no doubt that the qualification and the reputation of CoCo enhanced my career opportunities and assisted me in getting to my next position.
  • Q. What was your favourite thing about your experience here?
    The group work was my favourite thing about the experience - and I hope the people I worked with agree! I really appreciated being able to learn from a range of colleagues and also to share what can be quite a confronting experience: learning challenging and new types of things. I also enjoyed the live online classes - I missed sharing those thoughts and professional experiences after I finished.
  • Q. Anything you would like to say to anyone considering further study in e-learning with the MLS&T?
    I would recommend the MLS&T to anyone looking to work or conduct research in online education - or indeed those who already are working in it. I almost feel like I could do with doing it again in few years!


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Gerry Marcus - Senior Project Manager & Instructional Designer
Gerry enrolled in the professional stream. He currently works as a project manager and instructional designer for an e-learning company.

  • Q. How did you come to your decision to enrol in the MLS&T?
    “I wanted a qualification that was designed for professionals in the e-learning field and this qualification gave me the opportunity to focus on coursework or research."
  • Q. Do you think your MLS&T experience has had any impact on the work you do now or on your career path?
    "Absolutely, it has contributed to my knowledge of learning and technology as well as my ability to communicate effectively about these topics to professionals within, and associated with, the e-learning field."
  • Q. What was your favourite thing about your experience here?
    "Two things: 1) Having knowledgeable professors that clearly are embracing technology in concept and practice. 2) A curriculum that meets the needs of students at a Masters level who have their own particular interests and career pathway."
  • Q. Is there anything you would like to say to anyone considering the MLS&T program?
    "If you are involved in e-learning or want to move into the field, this course is exactly what you are looking for and will take your thinking and understanding to the next level!"


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Chloe Cai - MLS&T graduate; PhD in Education Candidate
Chloe completed the MLS&T as an international student in the Research stream. She was then accepted into a PhD program in Education.

  • Q. Did you do the Research or Professional stream of the MLS&T?
    I did the professional stream for my first semester, then changed it to the research stream for another two semesters.
  • Q. How did you come to your decision to enrol in the MLS&T?
    When I was doing an English language course, I saw a pamphlet about MLS&T. It was related to what I did previously so I decided to enroll in this course. I did my undergraduate in computer science in a teacher training institution in China. In class, especially at the secondary school or undergraduate level, computer science is equal to mastering programming languages and producing applets, but less importance is attached to the ways we use computer software. I think it is much more fun to see how we can use high-tech strategies for learning and teaching. If someone wants to wash her clothes, she does not necessarily need to understand how to make a laundry machine herself.
  • Q. Do you think your MLS&T experience has had any impact on the work you do now or on your career path?
    Yes. To me, the research stream of the MLS&T course was a good preparation for my future PhD study and possibly an academic career. Before I enrolled in this program, I had little knowledge of what research might look like. In the last year and a half, I learned to read and write academically in English, to communicate and collaborate with peers and teachers from different cultural backgrounds, and, most importantly, I was exposed to a variety of research topics and techniques in computer-supported learning and was able to select things I’m interested in. It was good for me to do such a pathway, instead of jumping directly into pure postgraduate research study.


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Annette Culley: Educational Designer, Sydney eLearning & Owner of Instructional Design Australia
Annette wanted to change career directions from teaching to technology-based education design. She is now working as an e-learning designer for higher education and does work for government and business as a private consultant.

  • Q. How did you come to your decision to enrol in the MLS&T?
    I had been working in Secondary Schools as a computing teacher where I designed and developed the school intranets for staff and students. Although this intranet was functional I wanted to learn about world best practices when using technology for education.
  • Q. Do you think your MLS&T experience has had any impact on the work you do now or on your career path?
    Absolutely! After my 20 years as a teacher I wanted to leave the face-to-face classroom and find a new career that would draw on both my educational and IT experience. Even before I finished the course I found contract work as an Instructional Designer. Within six months of finishing the course I gained full time employment as an Educational Designer – eLearning at the University of Sydney.
  • Q. What was your favourite thing about your experience here?
    It was very important to me and my motivation that I could choose my own direction within the course structure. I was able to study the content that was of interest to me and hence integrate all my units of study into one comprehensive body of knowledge, taking me in my own direction. I also enjoyed learning from and working with teachers who are world leaders in their fields.
  • Q. Anything you would like to say to anyone considering further study in e-learning with the MLS&T?
    There are so many prevailing myths about how people learn and how technology should be used for learning. This course on “how people learn with technology” dispels many of these myths with evidence based on scientific research.