Smart Cities MOOC: Teaching citizens how to co-create smart cities

Hudson, Lorraine; Kortuem, Gerd; Wolff, Annika and Law, Patrina (2016). Smart Cities MOOC: Teaching citizens how to co-create smart cities. In: 4th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S), 29 Aug - 1 Sep 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

There is increasing recognition that the ICT4S community needs to take a role in both developing education and conducting re-search on how to educate people in using ICT to make urban areas more sustainable. In this paper we explore the question how can a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) be used to engage citizens in learning about smart cities and teach them how to co-create a smart cities project in their community. We discuss our experiences of designing and delivering a Smart Cities MOOC, a multidisciplinary course targeted at an international audience and built upon the pedagogical approach of social learning that is supported through FutureLearn, the MOOC platform on which the course is delivered. We use data gathered from the first presentation of the course to evaluate the motivations, demographics, online participation and experiences of our learners. An analysis of social learning interactions also provides insight into citizens’ views on smart cities and we identify how the MOOC can be adapted to meet the learning needs of smart city initiatives and potential areas for future research.

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