Singapore Student Learning Space (SLS)

WHAT IS SLS?

Introduction

The Singapore Student Learning Space (SLS) is one of MOE’s key initiatives to transform the learning experiences of Singaporean students through the purposeful use of technology. All school leaders, teachers and students in the national school system have access to the SLS.

Transforming Teaching and Learning

SLS is an online learning portal that allows all students to have equal access to quality curriculum-aligned resources1. These resources are available to all students for major subjects from primary to pre-university level. In line with the development of 21st Century Competencies (21CC), the SLS encourages learners to be self-directed, and allows them to personalise their learning according to their needs and interests.

The SLS also provides teachers with a range of tools to customise and create meaningful learning experiences with technology. For example, teachers have access to tools that help to make students’ thinking processes visible, enabling teachers to make informed decisions and provide targeted intervention to address any gaps in understanding.

The SLS also serves as a common online platform for teachers to apply, adapt and share new pedagogies by facilitating collaborations among teachers across classrooms and schools.

The SLS is continually being developed in response to needs of students and teachers. Curriculum-aligned resources and system tools are continually being improved and developed in line with suggestions and feedback from teachers and students to cater to students’ diverse and evolving learning needs.


SLS Access For Young Overseas Singaporeans

MOE is committed to providing Young Overseas Singaporeans (aged 7-16) with access to the SLS to help them keep in touch with the national curriculum, helping them make a smooth transition back to the national school system when they return.

Young Overseas Singaporean Citizens can obtain access as follows:

  1. Students on leave-of-absence (LOA) from a Singapore school should request for continued access to SLS through the school. More information on the LOA Scheme can be found here: go.gov.sg/loa

  2. Young Overseas Singaporean Citizens who are not on leave-of-absence from a Singapore school but intend to return to Singapore’s education system can apply for access to SLS through this application form: go.gov.sg/applyforsls.


INTEGRATION WITH SLS AND SANDBOX TESTING

SLS system capabilities can be extended via integration with external applications. This allows MOE to speed up the adoption and integration of digital learning tools and resources into SLS. For example, teachers can further enrich their lessons using external learning tools and applications integrated with SLS through its Application Development Framework (ADF).

Integration with SLS

SLS has the capability to integrate with third-party applications or portals offering resources, tools and features to complement teaching and learning. This integration can take place through embedded URLs within an iFrame or the Application Development Framework (ADF), which is a set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to enable single sign-on and data exchange. The ADF is developed using GraphQL and will be able to support Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) v1.3 from September 2020.

ADF Application Specifications

Sandbox Testing

The SLS Sandbox environment is a mirror of the SLS production environment. It enables Sandbox account holders to explore SLS features. Applications for access to the SLS Sandbox can be done at https://go.gov.sg/sls-sandbox-form.


SLS IN THE NEWS

Speeches / Press Releases

Date Title
16 August 2017 Nurturing Future-Ready Learners – Empowering Students in Self-Directed Learning
25 September 2013 Keynote Address by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, at the Ministry of Education Work Plan Seminar 2013, on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 “Student-Centric, Values-Driven Education: A Broad and Deep Foundation for a Lifelong Journey

SchoolBag Magazine

Date Title
27 March 2019 It is raining ideas in Geography class
31 August 2017 Singapore Student Learning Space

Contact Magazine Articles

Month/Year Issue / Page Title
July 2019 Issue 34 (Page 6) Let’s look at technology"
Jan – Mar 2019 Issue 33 (Page 16) "No Strangers to the Web
Jan – Mar 2019 Issue 33 (Page 20) Cool Things You Can Do with SLS
Oct – Dec 2018 Issue 32 (Page 15) Chart a Fresh Course: A Beginning Teacher writes about her journey with the Student Learning Space

VIDEOS ON SLS

Publish Date Video Title
18 Aug 2017 Singapore Student Learning Space
19 Aug 2018 SLS Huamin Primary
4 May 2019 What is SLS?


FAQs

Q1. Can parents access SLS?

SLS is designed to support students’ learning and facilitate student-student and student-teacher interactions. Hence, only students and teachers will have user accounts.


Q2. What are the technical requirements for devices to access the SLS?

SLS is accessible through internet browsers on either Windows PC, Mac, iPad or Android tablets. The recommended operating systems and browsers are:

Operating System Browser
Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1
  • Google Chrome 70 and later
Microsoft Windows 10
  • Google Chrome 70 and later
  • Microsoft Edge 17 and later
Mac OS 10 and later
  • Safari 11 and later
  • Google Chrome 70 and later
iOS 11 and later
  • Safari 11 and later
Android 5 and later
  • Google Chrome 70 and later
Chrome OS 79 and later
  • Google Chrome 81 and later

For a good user experience, tablets should have a screen size of at least 7 inches. However, a small number of resources may not work on tablets due to technical constraints. Currently, SLS is not fully optimised for mobile phones even though users can access the system and resources.

If you are having trouble even though your browser meets the above requirements, you can find self-help steps on the SLS Troubleshooting page: go.gov.sg/slsloginhelp


Q3. Will students need additional hardware / internet subscription to access the SLS?

MOE has provided schools with a range of computing devices and students can access the resources and tools in SLS during school hours. For access from home, students can log in using their own personal devices. Students who need support to get personal devices and internet access can ride on schemes such as the NEU PC Plus programme to own a new computer and to subscribe to internet access at a subsidised price.


Q4. Who can users contact for technical support?

Users can access the SLS User Guide for self-help tips: go.gov.sg/slsguide

For assistance on login and browser issues, users are advised to refer to the Login Troubleshooting page: go.gov.sg/slsloginhelp 

Users can also call their School-Based Helpline (go.gov.sg/schoolhelpline) or the SLS Helpdesk (see below) for technical support:

SLS Helpdesk
Contact Information Email: helpdesk@sls.ufinity.com
Tel: (65) 6702 6513
Operating Hours Mondays – Fridays:
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm (School Days)
9:00 am – 9:00 pm (School Holidays)

Saturdays:
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
(Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays)

Footnotes
  1. A small number of resources can only be used by students taking that subject and/or level due to licensing restriction. The system will provide a prompt to the teacher when these resources are assigned to students not taking that subject or in that level.