Mining a MOOC to examine international views of the “Smart City”

Gooch, Daniel; Hudson, Lorraine; Barker, Matthew; Wolff, Annika and Petre, Marian (2018). Mining a MOOC to examine international views of the “Smart City”. In: Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE First International Conference on Smart City Innovations (SCI 2017), 4-8 Aug 2017, California, USA.



Increasing numbers of cities are focussed on using technology to become “Smart”. Many of these Smart City programmes are starting to go beyond a technological focus to also explore the value of a more inclusive approach that values the input of citizens. However, the insights gained from working with citizens are typically focused around a single town or city. In this paper we explore whether it is possible to understand people’s opinions and views on the Smart City topics of Open Data, privacy and leadership by examining comments left on a Smart City MOOC that has been delivered internationally. In doing so we start to explore whether MOOCs can provide a lens for examining views on different facets of the Smart City agenda from a global audience, albeit limited to the demographic of the typical MOOC user.

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