JUNE 2021 — A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a series of Digital Demystification workshops was inked between Republic Polytechnic (RP) and the National Library Board (NLB) during a virtual ceremony.

Digital Learning Pathways for Everyone

The collaboration between NLB and RP aims to promote digital literacy in Singapore.

Working to build digital learning pathways for the public, lecturers from RP School of Infocomm (SOI) will provide 10 sessions on emerging technologies such as Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Robotic Process Automation, Cloud Services, Blockchain, and Chatbots.

Each session will last for two hours and contain learning activities to keep participants engaged. Industry co-presenters may be invited to share their experiences and knowledge to further enhance the learning experience.

Some of these sessions are designed for both online and face-to-face formats, thereby allowing NLB more flexibility in scheduling these sessions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of each session, NLB books or e-resources related to the topic of the session will be shared with the participants, allowing them to explore further at their own pace.

A New Chapter of Collaboration

Members from RP and NLB coming together with the joint goal of broadening the digital learning opportunities for Singaporeans

A New Chapter of Collaboration

This MOU marks a new chapter in a longstanding history of collaborations between RP and NLB. A main hallmark of this partnership is our library and information services, which have been managed by NLB since 2002.

Another key milestone was Project Youthépreneur in 2006, when RP and NLB sought to inculcate the spirit of innovation through fostering entrepreneurial skills and community engagement in students.

Promoting Digital Literacy in Our Nation

Recognising the increasing importance of digital literacy, RP is proud to be a strong advocate in supporting the demands of this rising trend.

In 2017, the SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace (SFDW) programme was piloted at RP. Partnering with NTUC LearningHub and the National Taxi Association, SOI students were involved in educating taxi drivers on digital literacy.

Following that, seniors were guided through the 2018 Intergenerational Digital Literacy programme, which was in collaboration with the Media Literacy Council, and picked up new digital literacy skills.

Promoting Digital Literacy in Our Nation

Alongside these, as part of our continual efforts to familiarise the public with emerging digital technology, RP consistently offers a range of digital literacy courses such as Artificial Intelligence for Everyone under the SkillsFuture Series, as well as free Micro-Learning Courses. We also provide in-house courses for infocomm technology upskilling – these short, impactful sessions are beginner-friendly and increase one’s familiarity with digital initiatives.

The MOU with NLB will add another dimension to RP’s digital literacy support, and strengthen our ever-growing repertoire of courses in this area.

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