Singapore might be well on its way to meeting the increasing demand for data scientists and analytics professionals in future, as suggested by the turnout at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore's (IDA's) inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
According to the statutory board, more than 350 Singapore working professionals from various professional backgrounds attended the first class of the MOOC pilot on Wednesday, 6 August 2014. It added that the MOOC pilot delivers 10 modules of data science topics by Johns Hopkins University via course provider Coursera's online platform over 10 months to help participants develop data sciences and analytics skills.
In addition to online lessons, the pilot will offer weekly meet-up sessions to help course participants in their learning. The sessions cover course modules and are supported by industry members who volunteer to teach participants and answer their queries.
This pilot is part of IDA's ongoing efforts to build a Smart Nation, said Steve Leonard, IDA' s executive deputy chaiman in his visionary address at this year's CommunicAsia in Singapore in June. Data sciences and analytics are the focus for this MOOC pilot as these skills allow enterprises to harness insights that will enable them to be more efficient and gain a competitive edge.
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