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Top 25 online courses in Singapore – June 2020

Check out our rundown of the top 25 most popular online courses taken by learners in Singapore and find links to join them for free today.

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The education system in Singapore is often considered as one of the finest in the world, consistently ranking high in the Pisa test. Even with a strong economy and low unemployment rates, online learning in Singapore to boost your career, build new skills or even start a new hobby is thriving.

In this post, we’ve listed the 25 most popular courses taken by our learners in Singapore. Read on to find out more about them and join today.

1. Understanding Fashion: From Business to Culture

The fashion industry is something that’s helped shape Western culture for decades. As well as fashion itself, this multifaceted industry covers social trends, lifestyle, and business.

This course draws on knowledge from experts in the field, including the CEOs of huge brand names and respected fashion designers. Given 4.9 out of 5 stars by our users, you’ll get to grips with the cultural, creative, and corporate sides of fashion. 

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2. COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines as countries fight to bring the virus under control. This course from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK) takes a detailed look at the coronavirus, how it spreads, and how we can address COVID-19 going forward.

It remains one of the most popular FutureLearn courses of the last few months and is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars.  

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3. How To Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students

Due to COVID-19, an estimated 1.2 billion children worldwide were out of the classroom at the end of April this year.

As such, many countries have seen a shift toward teaching online. Even the most experienced teachers have found challenges with this way of working. On this course, teachers around the world can learn to adapt their approach to ensure students remain interested and engaged while learning online. 

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4. Food as Medicine

Our diets can have a significant impact on our overall physical and mental health.

The study of nutrition explores this relationship, and this course introduces the concept of food as medicine. As well as learning about how food can prevent and manage certain health conditions, you’ll also explore the mechanisms behind why this is. The course has been certified by the Association for Nutrition. 

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5. Basic English 1: Elementary

Singapore is a cosmopolitan place with many different cultures and languages. Malay is the national language of Singapore but Singapore English is also spoken widely. Improving English skills can bring many benefits, particularly when it comes to education and international business. On this course, you’ll learn the English language for use in everyday situations and get the chance to chat with others in English.

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6. Becoming a Better Music Teacher

Teaching music is as much of an art as playing an instrument or being able to sing. Music teachers must uncover and develop their students’ abilities, and it’s important to look for innovative and new ways to engage with students and assess your current teaching strategies.

This course gives instrument-specific advice and examines the broader curriculum. In doing so, it will help you identify your strengths and weakness, allowing you to become a better teacher.

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7. Understanding IELTS

The International English Language Testing System is one of the most popular tests for those looking to work or study in an English-speaking country. It tests learners’ speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills to give a fair and accurate measure of ability.

This program looks in detail at each part of the test and how you can improve your test performance in each area.

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8. Teaching English Online

Teaching English online is becoming a popular way of working. It’s a language that’s in high demand, in Singapore and beyond, and one that gives teachers the ability to work all over the world. This course, developed by Cambridge Assessment English, gives you an insight into how you can design and deliver online English lessons. Current teachers and trainers share their expertise, skills, and knowledge on how to be an effective online teacher.

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9. The Power of Podcasting for Storytelling

Podcasting is a rapidly developing medium of entertainment, with over 850,000 active podcasts available. And, in Singapore, there’s huge potential for growth in this industry. But why are they such an attractive medium for storytelling? This course examines exactly that, as well as giving you all the information you need to plan and produce your very own podcast.

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10. Understanding IELTS: Reading

There are four elements to the IELTS exam, each requiring a unique approach and strategy. This course prepares learners for the reading segment of the IELTS. You’ll explore the format of the test and develop strategies to help you maximise your performance. It’s useful for those preparing to take the test, as well as teachers who are guiding students through it.

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11. Understanding IELTS: Speaking

Preparing for the IELTS exam is easier when you know what to expect from each of the four areas. With the British Council’s courses on understanding IELTS, you can get detailed advice on how to prepare. With this course on the speaking section, you can learn techniques to help improve your English and prepare strategies for the exam itself.

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12. Understanding IELTS: Listening

The listening section of the IELTS exam requires as much preparation as any other area. With this course from the British Council, you can develop a variety of strategies to help you improve your test performance. So, no matter what topics you meet during your studies, you can deal with them with confidence.

If you’re a teacher, this course will also help you prepare your students for the test.

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13. Data Analytics for Decision Making: An Introduction to Using Excel

Data is the new commodity, and those who can understand and analyse it are in high demand.

This course from Bond University serves as an introduction to the science of analysing raw data to make conclusions. You’ll learn the key techniques and concepts used in the field of data analytics, as well as how to apply quantitative tools like Excel to analyse data.

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14. Emotional Intelligence at Work

Emotional intelligence means understanding your own emotions, allowing you to manage them and interact with others in a positive way. Improving your emotional intelligence will help with your communication skills, conflict resolution, and helps you better understand others.

As you can imagine, it’s a highly desired soft skill in professional environments. This course can help you better understand the concept, how you can improve yours, and how we can measure it.

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15. Business Fundamentals: Project Management

Business professionals in Singapore require a diverse range of skills, and few are as sought-after as project management. Being able to lead a team and their work in a goal-oriented way brings many benefits to businesses and teams.

With this course, accredited by EOCCS, you’ll learn about project lifecycles and what’s required from each phase of a project, from initiation to closure.

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16. The Tudors

The Tudor monarchs reigned over some of the most fascinating periods of English history. During the late fifteenth to the seventeenth century, there were many cultural, political, and religious changes that shaped the country. This course on the Tudors looks at some of the fascinating events that occurred between 1485 and 1603, and the legacy they left.

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17. What is Leadership?

Leadership is a desirable yet complex attribute. A leader needs a variety of skills and understandings, and this course introduces some of these fundamentals.

It also explores what an effective leader looks like and how different people see leadership. This course is the ideal choice for those who already have management responsibilities and want to build on that knowledge.

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18. Collaborative Working in a Remote Team

With the COVID-19 pandemic leaving many of us working remotely, it’s never been more important to understand how to be effective when away from the office.

Remote working requires planning, time management, and self-discipline. This course will help professionals who want to develop their digital skills when it comes to remote work. It can also help with developing strategies for collaborative working.

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19. Digital Skills: User Experience

User Experience (UX) relates to the way design choices can impact how users interact with digital products.

It’s a skill that takes into account the psychological and emotional way that people use computers, as well as the practical and analytical side of that relationship. This course from Accenture introduces some of the key elements of UX design and will enhance your skills and knowledge in this area.

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20. Logical and Critical Thinking

The ability to think critically and logically brings many benefits; it helps us to recognise and analyse arguments, make better decisions, and build informed beliefs.

Despite how useful it is, many of us fall into bad habits when constructing beliefs and arguments. With this course, you can learn to identify common mistakes and how to use logical tools to analyse arguments.

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21. Digital Skills: Digital Skills for Work and Life

Technology plays a huge role in our lives, impacting just about every aspect of the modern world. Digital skills have therefore never been more important than they are today, in Singapore and beyond.

It’s essential to understand how the digital workplace works, and this course can help with exactly that. You’ll learn about how digital is changing the types of opportunities available and how a growth mindset can help you reach your potential.

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22. Introduction to Dutch

Learning a new language brings a whole host of benefits. As well as giving you a new set of skills, it also means you can meet new people and travel to new places.

This course from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands introduces some of the basics of Dutch. It will help you with your speaking, writing, and listening skills, allowing you to introduce yourself and your life.

If you’re hoping to one day visit the Netherlands, this course is a great first step.

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23. The IB Extended Essay: Managing your Research Project

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a globally recognised qualification, and one of the core elements of the IB diploma is the extended essay.

This 4,000-word paper tests your independent and self-directed learning. If you’re preparing to start yours, this course can help you choose a topic and find sources. It also helps with some of the fundamental skills required, such as critical thinking and time-management.

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24. Language Assessment in the Classroom

Assessment is a critical part of continued academic development. For teachers and educators, this means that it’s essential to understand effective ways of assessing students.

When it comes to language learning, there are multiple different types of assessment required, for speaking, writing, reading, and listening.

This course from the British Council will allow you to evaluate the assessment needs of your students and offers some practical techniques you can implement.

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25. Using Personalized Medicine and Pharmacogenetics

Two of the most exciting developments in healthcare are personalised medicine and pharmacogenetics. Both relate to the role of genetics in medicine and drug therapy and could provide significant breakthroughs in various areas.

This course examines how genetic variation and genetic diseases can be treated through pharmacology and pharmacokinetics. It looks at some of the developments, principles, and challenges related to this branch of medicine.

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