Universities moving into online learning

Universities moving into online learning
Screenshot of senior lecturer Seow Teck Keong from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in a video for a course on introductory biology.

SINGAPORE - The National University of Singapore (NUS) is planning to go online in a big way.

Apart from the eight modules offered exclusively to national servicemen, the university will also put up three other courses for current students.

A module on writing skills will be rolled out later this month, while the other two - in philosophy and engineering - will be offered next January.

These 11 modules will be exclusive to NUS students.

In the first two months of next year, it will also offer three courses which will be free for all users of Coursera, a provider of open online courses.

NUS is the first Singapore university to partner Coursera, a California-based company. Others schools on the platform include Brown University and Northwestern University.

Other local universities are also looking at online learning.

At Nanyang Technological University, "flipped" classroom teaching - where students attend lectures online and use class time to assimilate the knowledge - is already being used in a small way.

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