MIT Professional Education Program On IoT
Written by Sue Gee   
Friday, 08 April 2016

The latest online course from MIT Professional Education is on the Internet of Things and starts on April 12th. Its premise is that by 2020 there will be 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet and that organizations need to prepare for the challenges this presents.


MIT Professional Education Digital Programs are intended to provide topical content to professionals as individuals or within organizations. The aim is to reach: 

a global audience of scientists, engineers, technicians, managers, consultants, and others from industry, government, the military, non-profit, and academia.

Using the Open edX platform the first course, on Big Data, was launched in 2014 and has recently re-run. The second course in the program Internet of Things: Roadmap to the Connected World again comes from a team that includes Professor Daniela Rus, Director of CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) and Professor Sanjay Sarma, co-chair of the MIT Auto-ID Labs. Tim Berners Lee, inventor or the World Wide Web and founder of the World Wide Web Consortium is among the experts recruited as contributors to the course.

As the promo video outlines, this course isn't hands-on programming the smart home, rather it is a high-level look at  the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT), how it brings many new business prospects and also presents significant challenges ranging from technology architectural choices to security concerns: 


While it is strongly recommended that participants have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and three years’ minimum work experience, the 6-week course is open to any interested participant for the introductory fee of $495. Certificates will be awarded to those who  should watch all the videos, and complete all assessments by the due date, with an average of 80 percent success rate and successful participants will also be eligible to receive 1.2 CEUs (Continuing Education Units). 


It consist of three modules covering 13 topic areas and 12 hours of video plus case studies and focused readings. Participants are expected to spend an average of 3-4 hours a week on course related activities related to the following points:


  • Discover key IoT concepts including identification, sensors, localization, wireless protocols, data storage and security;
  • Explore IoT technologies, architectures, standards, and regulation;
  • Realize the value created by collecting, communicating, coordinating, and leveraging the data from connected devices;
  • Examine technological developments that will likely shape the industrial landscape in the future;
  • Understand how to develop and implement your own IoT technologies, solutions, and applications.




More Information

MIT Professional Education Digital Programs

Internet of Things: Roadmap to the Connected World

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