Learning the Internet of Things


You can now earn a degree in the Internet of Things (IoT).

The Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland) offers a 4-year honors bachelors degree program in the IoT through its computing, maths (yes, the brit’s way), and physics department. According to its website, the program aims to prepare students to be “software practitioners who understand mobile, cloud and connected devices and understand how these devices can be designed, interfaced with and operated.”

The program “will explore the disciplines, technologies, tools and business opportunities involved in both sensing and connecting people, places and things. Powerful, connected, always-on devices and sensors, combined with sophisticated cloud infrastructure, are fast becoming a major focus for new products and services.”

For context purposes, see Intel’s explanation of the IoT below.

Visit the Waterford IoT website if you are interested to learn more about the structure of the course.

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I am very encouraged to see this kind of academic programs emerging in the age of connectivism and connected learning. The interdisciplinary nature of the Waterford IoT program is also an exemplar of networked education––where disciplines no longer teach in silos nor produce students who are only experts of a trade, but coming together to harvest the intelligence and information that enable co-creation of knowledge to serve the emergent technological needs of the world.

Do you know of other programs or educational opportunities that prepare students for a networked world? Please share or comment below!

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