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Smart cities MOOC open for registration

The course explores the solutions developed to address urban challenges in cities such as Milton Keynes and Rio de Janeiro

The MOOC demonstrates how citizens can get involved in smart city projects
The MOOC demonstrates how citizens can get involved in smart city projects

The Smart Cities: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), developed as part of MK:Smart, the UK smart city initiative for the the city of Milton Keynes, is open for enrolment again.


The free course, which starts on 10 April, is typically aimed at citizens who want to get involved in their own smart city projects. MK:Smart believes that part of the migration towards a smart city is in integrating citizens with the smart city creation process.


The MOOC explores the solutions developed to address urban challenges and citizen needs in a range of case studies, including Milton Keynes and Rio de Janeiro, and the challenges faced in privacy, ethics and security.


It also looks at weighing up the value of leadership, standards and metrics in top down/bottom up methods of smart city creation. Students will hear from smart city innovators and entrepreneurs, city leaders, communities and business, connecting with learners from around the world to reflect on issues facing smart cities of different sizes and situations.


The course, available from FutureLearn, has been presented six times over the last three years to almost 31 thousand international students. By the end of the MOOC, it aims to get online students familiar with the role of systems thinking, living labs, open data, crowdsourcing, roadmaps and the core elements that make up a smart city, so that they can start to co-create smart city projects.


MK:Smart, partly funded by a grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), is led by The Open University. The course is delivered by Dr Lorraine Hudson, research associate at the Open University and who is developing the MK:Smart citizen education strand, and Professor Gerd Kortuem, one of the lead academics of the initiative and professor of computing at the Open University with a research interest in smart cities, Internet of Things, data science and human-centred computing.


MK:Smart recently won three awards at the Smart Cities 2017 awards for data and communications and its Community Action Platform for Energy was also recognised.


Anyone wishing to register on the Smart Cities MOOC, should go to


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