Smart cities
Smart cities

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Smart cities

6.4 End-of-course round-up

In this final video, Lorraine says goodbye as the course comes to a close.

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Well the team and I hope that you've got a lot out of this course, that you've learnt some new things about how cities are using technology and that you feel better prepared to participate in the creation of smart cities. You can find out more about smart cities on the internet and by now you should have a good idea about the search terms you can use. We are also providing links to OU materials if you want to find out more about studying our courses in Computing and IT, Environmental Science, or Systems thinking. Thanks and goodbye.
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The purpose of the course has been to help you to navigate your own path through the complex landscape of smart cities, exploring the role of technology and data in cities, and learning how you can participate in the creation of smart cities.

Week 1 looked at what smart cities are. You compared different cities’ approaches, learning about systems thinking, wicked problems and some core elements of smart cities that are key to your smart cities project.

Week 2 explored the role of citizens in the design and planning of smart cities, and how to make them more inclusive. You learnt about design thinking, living labs and crowdsourcing citizen ideas, as well as how to use them to co-create your smart cities project.

Weeks 3 and 4 introduced you to lots of smart city initiatives, generating ideas for your smart cities project. You heard how cities are future-proofing, using smart infrastructure and technology. You examined the role of open, closed and shared data, and you debated the challenges of privacy and security. You also learnt about the smart cities market and how to finance your smart cities project by exploring the impact of the data economy, hackathons and digital social innovation.

Week 5 looked at why leadership and partnerships are important for smart cities, and you examined the value of different approaches to developing smart city strategies, roadmaps and standards. You prototyped your smart cities ideas and started to use the Smart Cities Project Business Model Canvas to plan your smart cities project.

Week 6 concluded the course and you learnt about smart city metrics and indicators, exploring evaluation frameworks and value proposition, which helped you to complete your smart cities project. You also heard about smart city learning and education case studies, and looked at the future for smart cities.

As mentioned in the video, you might be particularly interested in our courses and qualifications in Computing and IT [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , Environmental sciences or Systems thinking.

Now you’ve completed the course we would again appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us a bit about your experience of studying it and what you plan to do next. We will use this information to provide better online experiences for all our learners and to share our findings with others. If you’d like to help, please fill in this optional survey.


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