SINGAPORE - National servicemen starting school at the National University of Singapore (NUS) next year will get a headstart - without having to turn up in class.
For the first time, they can choose to take some modules online soon after they complete national service. They can do so from next January, instead of waiting for school to start next August.
Eight such courses - ranging from computing to philosophy - will be offered exclusively to them, as part of NUS' push to combine online learning with classroom teaching.
The pilot programme is also aimed at helping NSmen who may need a longer time to adapt to university life after being away from school for two years or more.
About 2,600 students will be eligible for the programme.
The online components - which will include lecture video snippets, pop quizzes and assignments - will be hosted on the platform of Coursera, a key provider of massive open online courses, known as Moocs.
For the first three months, each course will be conducted entirely online, allowing the freshmen - most of whom would have completed national service by then - to learn in their free time.