‘Beginnings’ is a mobile micro-learning package specially created for the class of 2018 to help Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) graduates adapt to the unpredictable job market.
The package consists of four main courses: ‘Powering with Analytics’, which teaches students how to analyse data; ‘Innovating to Thrive’, which fosters creative thinking and problem solving amongst graduates; ‘Winning in Life’, which helps them adopt a positive mindset and work ethic; and ‘Hacking Fake News’.
Mr Clarence Ti, the principal of NP, said in a Straits Times article dated May 9, 2018: “With the introduction of mobile micro-learning courses, we hope our graduates will find it easy and convenient to pick up new skills and knowledge every day, and therefore make learning a way of life.”
As ‘Beginnings’ is targeted at graduates across all diplomas, the package provides in-depth knowledge on the selected topics that the polytechnic sees as relevant skills in the working environment.
Each course consists of lessons with case studies, news articles, videos and quizzes that will test their knowledge on the course at hand.
Mr Wilson Ang, who is in charge of constructing ‘Beginnings’, made it a mobile course – not just desktop-based – to give graduates the opportunity to “[learn] on the go, [learn] on demand and [learn] on the job”.
The courses are presented in Gnowbe, a mobile application that houses micro-learning courses for other institutions, including Temasek Polytechnic.
Mr Ang said that students could use the application while travelling on the train and even in the toilet. Learning is made convenient for them due to their mobile nature to access the courses anytime and anywhere.
The school also hopes to provide future graduates similar micro-learning packages to encourage them to adopt a “lifelong learning” mindset.