Public officers to get access to a host of online courses

The Civil Service College signed an agreement with Singapore's institutes of higher learning and Udemy for Government to provide public officers access to online classrooms.
The Civil Service College signed an agreement with Singapore's institutes of higher learning and Udemy for Government to provide public officers access to online classrooms.PHOTO: ST FILE

Public officers will have access to online classrooms offering a wide range of lessons supplied by Singapore's institutes of higher learning (IHLs) and an online provider with over 2,500 courses at its disposal.

It is the first time the Civil Service College (CSC) is partnering the 12 IHLs in a whole-of-government effort to support public sector transformation and the transformation of learning in the public sector.

Yesterday, the CSC signed an agreement with the IHLs - five polytechnics, six local universities and the Institute of Technical Education - and Udemy for Government, an approved massive open online courses provider.

Speaking at the SkillsFuture Festival @ SMU event, CSC dean and chief executive Ong Toon Hui said the world is going digital and the public service is no different.

"Going digital means that officers are no longer limited to classroom training. It offers them greater agility and flexibility."

The partnership dovetails with the public service-wide digital learning platform that the CSC is developing for its officers.

In a statement, the college said: "The IHLs will work with CSC to curate relevant SkillsFuture Series modules that will train the public sector workforce in important emerging skills areas."

 
 
 

The CSC said that topics covered under the curated list of courses include leadership and management, data analytics and productivity.

After creating an account with the CSC, officers will be able to search from a catalogue of online courses. The online digital learning platform will allow them 24/7 access to bite-size content through media such as videos, infographics, articles and quizzes.

The CSC said that besides providing public officers with digital learning, the platform will connect officers across the entire public service, "facilitating cross-agency social and peer learning, and creating a more connected government in the process".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2018, with the headline 'Public officers to get access to a host of online courses'. Print Edition | Subscribe