Monday, June 11, 2012

Students' opinions about business aspects of the Internet of Things

I just just finished the first series of my lecture Business Aspects of the Internet of Things. For this lecture I introduced the concept of teaching on one topic for one hour in each session and then discussing the topic in the second hour of the session  together with the students. For each session students prepared one-page opinion papers in which they discussed the pro's and con's of IoT-related concepts being described in given literature. Thus, a list of short essays about various topics of IoT, such as technologies, business models, data analytics, smart cities, do-it-yourself, and management implications has been generated (a selection of essays are summarized here).
Throughout the lecture I considered the activation of students in the lecture as an insightful element for establishing sharing of knowledge in class among students and lecturer. In the final feedback and evaluation session of my class I was intrigued about one student's comment: "Actually, in the beginning it was quite hard. As students we never get asked about our opinion, I first had to get used to have an opinion..." - looks like the experiment was worth it!

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