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Educating the Internet-of-Things generation

Kortuem, Gerd; Bandara, Arosha; Smith, Neil; Richards, Michael and Petre, Marian (2013). Educating the Internet-of-Things generation. Computer, 46(2) pp. 53–61.

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As highlighted by the articles in this special issue, the concept of the Internet of Things is becoming increasingly important and understanding both the technical underpinning and wider societal impacts of the Internet of Things (IoT) will be crucial for digital citizens of the future. Building on extensive experience in delivering large-scale distance learning, The Open University has redesigned its introductory computer science curriculum to place the Internet of Things at the centre of students’ experience, in a course called My Digital Life. In this article we present the design of this module, including a learning infrastructure that allows complete novices to experiment with, and learn about, Internet of Things technologies. We also share our experience of having almost 2000 students participate in the first presentation of the course, engaging in a range of activities that include collaborative and collective programming of real-world sensing applications.

Item Type: Article
Copyright Holders: 2013 IEEE
ISSN: 0018-9162
Keywords: Internet of Things; IoT; My Digital Life; ubiquitous computing; computer science education; Third Industrial Revolution
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL)
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
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Item ID: 35693
Depositing User: Arosha Bandara
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2012 11:00
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 01:48
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