Ingrid Russell, Professor of Computer Science in A&S, co-led a working group titled “The Internet of Things in Computer Science Education: Updating Curricula and Exploring Pedagogy.” The international working group was held in conjunction with the 24th Annual International Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education. The conference, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education, was held July 1-4, 2018 in Larnaca, Cyprus.
In the Internet of Things (IoT), everyday objects share data over networks, with or without human intervention. IHS Markit has predicted that more than 23 billion IoT devices will be connected worldwide by the end of 2018, an increase of 11% in just one year. The rapid growth of IoT technologies will continue for many years to come, and Computer Science curricula must reflect this societal trend.
At the conference, Russell and her collaborators presented results of their research work. The goal of the project is to develop IoT curricular guidelines, a model IoT curriculum, and a best practices document that can be used to guide computer science instructors as they work on introducing IoT concepts into their programs. Their work is published in the conference proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library.