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Online course

Smart Cities

Explore the role of technology and data in cities, and learn how you can participate in the creation of smart cities.

Smart Cities

Find out what it’s like to create, develop and live in a smart city

On this online course, you’ll hear from smart city innovators, entrepreneurs, leaders, communities and businesses.

You’ll explore what it’s like to live in a smart city, and the role of systems thinking, living labs, open data, crowd-sourcing and road-maps in them. You’ll debate challenges of privacy, ethics and security, and weigh up the value of leadership, standards and metrics. You’ll learn how to co-create a smart city project where you live.

The course has been developed as part of MK:Smart – a £16 million collaborative smart city initiative, supporting the economic growth of Milton Keynes.

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When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for anyone with an interest in the application of new technologies to city challenges and smart city solutions. It does not require any prior experience of studying the subject.

Who will you learn with?

Lorraine Hudson

Lead Educator of The Open University's Smart Cities MOOC. Also an Associate Lecturer teaching Environmental Sciences.

Research publications related to MOOC at

Gerd Kortuem

Professor of Computing at the Open University with a research interest in Smart Cities, Internet of Things, Data Science and Human-Centered Computing.

Who developed the course?

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.


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