Internet of (Teaching) Things
More and more everyday objects are being connected to the internet in order to share data and interact with people and other objects (for example, fridges that can automatically order fresh milk when you run out, or toothbrushes that can count how many times children brush their teeth). This connected world of the 'Internet of Things' (IoT) has potential to shape future teaching in creative ways by drawing on the potential for increased communication, not just between people but between the objects and spaces that surround our educational activities.
However, along with the increasingly ‘smart’ campus, ever more sophisticated forms of surveillance appear to be on the horizon. We might choose to ‘quantify’ more and more of our social lives through fitness apps and trackers, but what kind of place might these technologies have in higher education, and how should we be preparing our students for the increasing ‘datafication’ of the campus?
This workshop will outline work from a recent research project that has sought to explore the relationship between distance students and those on the campus, and to develop prototype wearable technologies that create an ‘ambient awareness’ of the distributed university community. Drawing on these example IoT gadgets as inspiration, this workshop will encourage you to design creative ways of utilizing connected technologies for the future of higher education teaching, working with the themes of ‘distance and presence’, ‘community and communication’, and ‘data and surveillance’.