I’ve had some fun lately exploring the world of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Last year I played around on the Future Learn platform and completed their Smart Cities course. I found it covered a vast array of topics (as expected- cities have a broad spectrum!!) and exposed me to multitudes of inspiring projects happening around the world. Some of my favourites:
- The Smart Island
- Chicago’s tech plan
- Amsterdam Smart City
- The Mobile City – an independent research group
Then there’s the MIT Senseable City Lab. This is not a course, but worth a mention. I don’t know when or where I originally found it, but it’s a wonderful resource for inspiration, mental challenge and then of course dinner party conversation! Attending one of their Summer School courses is on my bucket list/ lottery winnings distribution plan.
My most recent MOOC completed was Management of Urban Infrastructures, presented by Prof Matthias Finger of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. This MOOC was actually the outcome of a wider programme, the IGLUS (Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems) Project, at the school. As it centred on urban infrastructures, I was not sure I would grasp and enjoy the more “technical” perspectives of infrastructure management but I found it surprisingly engaging. The technical, economic, environmental, social and jurisdictional / political dimensions set the starting point. From there we explored management approaches, stakeholder roles, the impact of ICTs and then detail around electricity and transportation systems.
I’ve signed up for the next one.
Above: screenshots from the MOOCs
Featured image source: Archh.com
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