In the fast-paced digital world, businesses that aren’t disrupting are likely being disrupted. If you’re feeling the pressure to stay ahead of the curve, this course will help you to take the lead using innovative digital technology.
The Digital Leader is an online course that will provide strategies and techniques for using the latest technologies to act fast and thrive in the digital era.
In this professional development course, you will learn how to anticipate opportunities, spot threats, and create, manage, measure and improve innovation in today’s digitally driven market.
You will also learn about the impact of digital technology on leadership, ethics for a digital era, how to manage change, and acquire the soft skills that contribute to an increasingly automated world.
On completion of this course, you will have developed the knowledge and skills required to drive transformation and be a change leader in the digital landscape.
Unit - Digital Leader
Unit 1- Leading with digital technology
Getting ahead of the curve using digital technology.
Leading an organisation in the digital era
effectively leading organisations in the digital era
ensuring your organisation’s digital DNA is equipped for the digital era
Spotting the threats and opportunities for digital disruption
Strategies you can use to become digitally literate
Engaging effectively as a leader using digital technology to communicate
Unit 2 – Thrive in an era of digital turbulence
Tools for thriving when digital advances intensify turbulence.
Facing reality in real time
Managing organisational attention
Sensing weak signals sooner
Taking timely action
Vigilance—an agenda for action
Forewarned is forearmed—six lessons about vigilance
Unit 3 – When innovation moves at digital speed
How to catalyse innovation in your organisation
Harnessing the secret structure of innovation
Developing innovative solutions through internal crowd sourcing
Collaborating with customer communities
Finding a lower-risk path to high-impact innovations
Why design thinking in business needs a rethink
Developing new products in emerging markets
Managing the challenges
Managing tensions between new and existing business models
Why great new products fail
Creating better innovation measurement practices
Unit 4 – What the digital future holds
Managing the bots that are managing the business
Predicting a future where the future is routinely predicted
Using artificial intelligence to set information free
What to expect from artificial intelligence technology
How blockchain will change organisations
Is your company ready to operate as a market?
The end of corporate culture as we know it
Unleashing creativity with digital technology
Rethinking the manager’s role
The three new skills managers need
Ethics and the algorithm
The jobs that artificial intelligence will create
Tackling the world’s challenges with technology
Unit 5 – Soft skills and the future
The value of people is uniquely human
Soft skills will become more valuable in the future.
Creative, empathetic and strategic emotional and intellectual space
Employees going into survival mode due to anxiety or ill health
Taking frequent breaks helps people refresh and re-energise
Making soft skills more readily available for use.
Unit 6 – Supporting employees in a changing world
Human behaviours like empathy require a rested brain, and when employees are stressed, they have a harder time using those skills.
Help employees reduce anxieties by simply talking through issues.
Influencing and transforming jobs is one way of confronting anxiety.
Lessening fear by mapping out the ways in which jobs and companies will change
Focusing on lifelong learning in human behavioural skills.
Unit 7 – Humans and machines
Most jobs are made up of multiple tasks, not just one single activity.
Machines will be able to take over or assist in simple, repetitive tasks.
Soft skills, such as empathy, decision-making, and intuition, can’t be replicated by machines.
The value of human workers will always lie in their creative and emotional skills.
Machines will definitely impact work, but human skills will always be in demand.
Unit 8 – Adopting a new mindset for the digital era
Shifting a mindset to become more agile and adaptable.
Focusing on outcomes not processes
Allow for the uncertainty that comes with change and innovation.
Leaders need to try new things by placing small bets
Focus on the big ideas that will transform an organisation.
Digital leaders need to communicate in ways that invite collaboration and engagement
Unit 9 – Your company’s digital DNA
Integrating digital technology into every aspect of organisations
Getting everyone on board with using and inventing digital technology
Developing good relationships with IT department employees
Modelling the use of digital technology for other employees.
Identify and cultivate digitally savvy talent
People who refuse to adapt and adopt digital tools may need to find a different work environment.
Unit 10 – 50 Digital Team-Building Games
How to lead a simple, fast, fun team building activities
How to create successful “virtual” team building
How to engage standoffish engineers, “hard to reach” technical teams, or Gen X/Y teammates with technology they enjoy using
Successful technology-based team building
Build critically important relationships and communication internally
Unit 11 – Disrupt or be disrupted
Handling digital disruption correctly
Digital disruption is the new normal for businesses
Trying out digital technology for yourself
Talking to leaders and employees about what is changing
Choosing a team of advisors who track and try digital tools
Monitoring disruptions that happen in other industries
Paying attention to larger market trends is important.
Unit 12 – Becoming digitally literate
Mastering digital technology and tools for the workplace.
Setting aside time for learning anything new
Learning digital technology is both theory and application.
Creating a habit of using digital technologies
Organisations are using more digital strategies
Leaders who can use digital technology.
Having leaders who are able to operate in the digital sphere
Unit 13 – Driving digital business transformation
Leaders driving digital business transformation
Leaders are responsible for helping to drive this transformation.
Understanding the organisation’s digital strategy and the overall transformation process.
The value that technologies and technological trends add to a department or function.
Understanding the technologies themselves and the operating practices and methodologies
Unit 14 – Align digital tools with objectives
Digital tools are only as useful as you make them.
Myriad tools are available to leaders, but if they don’t match up to goals, they won’t improve leadership.
When your goals and objectives are clear, you can get the digital tools you need to get the job done.
If a tool isn’t helping you achieve your goals as a leader, it isn’t worth bothering with.
Relationships are always top priority; never put technology first.
Unit 15 – Engagement in digital spaces
Leaders need to be able to operate with confidence in digital spaces.
The format of digital spaces can create nervousness in some leaders.
Confident leaders can use digital space for open communication
Levels of engagement that happen in face-to-face conversation can happen in a digital space.
Engagement that happens in a digital channel can transform work relationships.
Unit 16 – Listening at scale in digital spaces
Listening in the digital realm differs from how leaders listened in the past
Are your listening skills effective in today’s digital spaces?
Engaged leaders must be able to listen at scale to the people they want to inspire.
Listening is different in digital spaces
Listening into conversations in social channels, such as Twitter, as well as internal digital channels.
Unit 17 – Ethics for a digital era
Exploring new methods and models for ethical inquiry in a digital world
The evolution of digital technologies has transformed the way the world communicates and digests information.
Examining social and ethical consequences.
Shifts in media ethics
Unit 18 – Understanding the first generation of digital natives
The first generation of “digital natives”
Children born into and raised in the digital world
How are they different from the older generation
What does identity mean for young people who have dozens of online profiles and avatars?
Essential reading for parents, teachers, and the myriad of confused adults who want to understand the digital present – and shape the digital future.
Unit 19 – Digital communication
Communication technology of computer networks, the internet and the WWW.
fundamentals and the historical background of digital communication
Encoding principles and algorithms of textual information
Audio information, as well as images, graphics, and video in the Internet.
Fundamentals of computer networking, digital security and cryptography
Unit 20 – Digital adaptation
Stubborn management entangled in dated workflows and inefficient processes.
Techniques and strategies that will help senior management understand the Web and adapt the business, culture, teams and workflows accordingly.
overcome their legacy, and help you plant the seeds of change with very little power
Unit 21 – Digital Outcasts
Understanding how people with disabilities use technology
Emerging legal and cultural impact of inclusive design
Everyday services that many people take for granted
Poorly designed products risk alienating this important (and growing) population.
Gain a better understanding of how people with disabilities use technology
Discover pitfalls and approaches to help you stay current in your UX practices
Anticipating a future in which ambient benefit can be achieved for people of all abilities and backgrounds
Unit 22 – 5 Simple Keys to Success and Influence
Take full advantage of everything the digital age has to offer, while avoiding common pitfalls that can damage your “digital legacy.”
Become an effective digital leader.
Explaining what modern leadership means
How to be an effective leader in the digital world.
Adjusting your leadership skills to adapt to today’s digitally open world
Simple: success is the result of simplification and focus
True: be true to your passion
Act: nothing happens without action–take the first step
Map: goals and visions are needed to get where you want to be
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to ensure your competency is industry relevant. You will not be benchmarked against other students.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
In this course, you will be assessed via multiple-choice questions to determine your mastery of details and specific knowledge gained during your studies to achieve a ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ result.
Benefits of Multiple-Choice Assessments
Appropriate for assessing students’ mastery of details and specific knowledge.
Can be used to assess both simple knowledge and complex concepts.
Questions can be answered quickly to accurately assess a students’ mastery of many topics relatively quickly.
Assessment can be quickly and reliably scored to achieve a ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ result.
As the answers are visible, multiple-choice questions offer the opportunity for the continuation of the learning process, offering educational value.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
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Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
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No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 20 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, transcripts of video lectures and other learning resources are available for printing via our elearning system.
When can I start this course?
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Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
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I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.