NTU Singapore offers degree course credits through MOOCs
Students at NTU Singapore will be awarded degree course credits that can be earned through MOOCs, the university has announced.
The statement by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore announced that undergraduate students will be able to earn up to 12 academic units by participating in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by various universities on pre-approved e-learning platforms.
The university has stated that this move will be applicable to all of its undergraduate students, with the exception of medical students pursuing an MBBS degree.
86 MOOCs already approved by NTU Singapore for credits transfer
For starters, 86 MOOCs have been approved for credit transfer and include many courses from globally renowned universities. This will help students augment the learning that they have received by NTU by interacting with international professors.
After the commencement of their studies at NTU, students can take the MOOCs at any time and can work according to their own pace.
New enrolments to the university are also eligible to earn credits for the pre-approved MOOCs that they successfully passed within three years prior to their matriculation.
Coursera, edX and FutureLearn chosen as approved e-learning platforms
The Singapore university says it is working with three digital learning platforms – Coursera, edX and FutureLearn –for its students to pursue MOOCs.
Professor Ling San, Deputy President and Provost of NTU, said: “Many of the approved courses come from top global universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, and Imperial College London.
“Ultimately, we hope that this new initiative will inspire our students to become self-directed lifelong learners and enhance their personal development and potential. Applying the knowledge gained from MOOCs to real-life problems will also give students a competitive edge in their career.”
NTU Singapore believes that nearly 23,000 undergraduate students may benefit from this initiative and said that students will be able to “earn credits worth up to 12 academic units (equivalent to 3 to 5 courses) that will be counted towards graduation requirements”.
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