A free six-week course on smart cities is to launch this month from The Open University and MK:Smart, the £16 million smart city initiative led by a partnership including Milton Keynes Council.
The massive open online course (MOOC) is free and offers learners an introduction to smart cities, providing an insight into the role that smart technologies and data can play in addressing city challenges and how citizens can get involved in their creation.
The course will allow learmers explore what it’s like to live in a smart city, considering the role of design, systems thinking, living labs, open data, crowdsourcing, finance, business models and standards, and tackle questions like: “What is the connection between urban innovation, enterprise and smart cities?” and “How can technology and data help us approach city challenges?” through a range of interactive activities.
The course also promises those who enrol will “join a global debate on the challenges of privacy, ethics and security and …approaches to smart leadership, partnerships, strategy and metrics” and get the chance to co-create a smart city project for their city or community.
”The MOOC is open to everyone, it is designed it for people who are new to Smart Cities, as well as those who already have some knowledge”, said Lorraine Hudson, the lead educator of the Smart Cities MOOC. “We think it will appeal to the general public, local authorities, government organisations, businesses, community organisations or students”.
The course begins on 28 September and will repeated next year. No prior knowledge of smart cities is required.
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