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Hans Smeets

Aspire2 International


The internet of Things as a permanent part of the curriculum in PTEs.

Thursday 3:40pm - 4:10pm, CITRENZ (CITRENZ 1 Room)

Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of everyday physical devices connected through the internet, allowing the sharing of data, but also the remote management of various devices. IoT systems have earned huge popularity and growth lately due to their immense number of applications in different fields, the large-scale adoption by consumers and a continual price drop.

Despite its enormous importance, IoT in private training establishments (PTEs) has not received significant attention. Traditionally only the connectivity side of IoT is looked at, where it is considered as just another networked device. In this paper, we provide an overview of IoT and its incorporation in the context of New Zealand based PTEs. Furthermore, we provide insights on how IoT can be considered as an effective tool for both learning and teaching environments. We highlight the benefits and challenges for incorporating IoT into PTEs curriculum, where we did not just look at connectivity, but also access, system administration, security, and privacy.

We discuss low-cost laboratory environments and course materials associated with IoT learning. Additionally, we provide recommendations for PTEs to consider IoT as a part of the course curriculum.