Internet of Things for Education: Facilitating Personalised Education from a University’s Perspective
Start date: 26 March 2018
Personalised education has been a developmental goal across all levels of the UK education sector for many years. In particular, the Higher Education sector has struggled the most due to a lack of personalisation, as student numbers in lecture theatres have grown significantly, occasionally exceeding three hundred. As a consequence, educators are constantly challenged to gather and understand individual student needs, let alone address them. At the same time, technology has advanced in the recent years, particularly in the areas of Internet of Things (IoT) and big data. IoT technology has emerged as a great means to collect data from lecture theatres and labs, while big data technologies enable the processing of these data. Consequently, IoT offers potential solutions to some of the key issues facing the future of personalised education. In this paper, an IoT system is being proposed, which would enable the personalisation of education for large groups of students in lecture theatres and labs. The proposal is derived from a case study based on work which has taken place in a mid-sized UK university.