The online learning (OL) program is designed to complement and, in some cases, serve as a prerequisite for face-to-face training and technical assistance (TA). Participants may also take online courses as stand-alone learning experiences. All online courses are available in English; some are also available in French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic.
OL courses feature recorded video clips of lectures by IMF experts interspersed with interactive assessments and hands-on exercises. A discussion forum allows course participants to network and discuss the course content. Some courses are offered over 4-9 weeks with strict weekly deadlines; others are offered over several months on a self-paced basis. Please check individual catalog listings. One major advantage of the OL program is the ability to offer courses to all interested government officials regardless of agency, and free of enrollment limits.
OL courses are free and open to all government officials regardless of employing agency. All who register will be admitted there are no limits to number of participants per country or agency. Sponsor contact information is requested in the online application but formal sponsor approval is not required nor is a TOEFL score.
OL courses require a reliable Internet connection and may also require software such as Excel or EViews for which a temporary license will be made available.