The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Supporting urban change: using a MOOC to facilitate attitudinal learning and participation in smart cities

Hudson, Lorraine; Wolff, Annika; Gooch, Daniel; van der Linden, Janet; Kortuem, Gerd; Petre, Marian; ten Veen, Rianne and O'Connor-Gotra, Sinead (2019). Supporting urban change: using a MOOC to facilitate attitudinal learning and participation in smart cities. Computers & Education, 129 pp. 37–47.

Full text available as:
Full text not publicly available (Accepted Manuscript)
Due to publisher licensing restrictions, this file is not available for public download until 21 April 2020
Click here to request a copy from the OU Author.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2018.10.012
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

Smart cities try to use technology and data to improve the efficiency of city services, to address societal challenges and to improve collaboration between citizens and government. Driving such social change requires a deep socio-ecological transition with both organisations and individual’s lifestyles needing to change. This has led to an increasing recognition of the need for education to empower people to play a more active role within smart city initiatives. This paper examines our use of a MOOC as a tool to facilitate attitudinal learning around the topic of smart cities and to explore whether the learners engage in local smart city activities. A mixed methods research design was employed, collecting data via an online survey that was completed by 202 learners and through in-depth interviews with 8 of those learners. The results show that learners’ perceived high levels of attitudinal learning on the topic of smart cities across four categories of learning outcomes (general, cognitive, affective and behavioural). Our findings also contribute to an understanding of the types of post-course activities learners participate in and their experiences of trying to apply what they learnt if they participated in local smart city activities. We conclude by providing new insights into how to design for learning to support social change in the context of a MOOC.

Item Type: Journal Item
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
MK:SMART, an integrated innovation and training programme leveraging large-scale city data to drive economic growth (Q-13-037-EM)H04HEFCE Higher Education Funding Council for England
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Related URLs:
Item ID: 57435
Depositing User: Daniel Gooch
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2018 15:21
Last Modified: 04 May 2019 15:16
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/57435
Share this page:

Metrics

Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU