Special Issue "Technology Advances on IoT Learning and Teaching"

A special issue of Technologies (ISSN 2227-7080). This special issue belongs to the section "Information and Communication Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 October 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Sergio Martin

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, National Distance Education University, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Interests: Internet of Things; technology-enhanced learning; remote laboratories; mobile and ubiquitous technologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely considered as the next step towards a digital society, where objects and people are interconnected and interact through communication networks. IoT not only has a huge social impact, but can also support employability and boost the competitiveness of companies. It is widely considered as one of the most important key drivers for the implementation of the so-called Industry 4.0 and for the digital transformation of the companies. Relevant impacts of this technology are expected in a wide range of sectors.

The rapid diffusion of IoT technologies has created an important educational challenge, namely the need to train a large number of professionals able to design and manage a quickly-evolving and complex ecosystem. Thus, an important research effort is being done in innovative technologies (simulators, virtual and remote labs, mobile apps, robotics, e-learning platforms, gamification, learning analytics, etc.) applied to innovative teaching practices.

This Special Issue focuses on all the technologies involved in improving the teaching and learning process of some of the IoT-related topics such as sensors, devices, protocols, platforms, services or data analysis, among others.

Dr. Sergio Martin
Guest Editor

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  • Virtual laboratories for IoT
  • Remote laboratories for IoT
  • IoT simulators
  • IoT demonstrators
  • Mobile apps for IoT learning
  • Innovative teaching practices
  • Gamification
  • Learning analytics
  • Flipped classroom
  • Open Educational Resources and Repositories for IoT learning
  • Platforms for IoT learning
  • LMS
  • Big Data
  • DIY/Maker experiences

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Internet of Energy training through remotable laboratory demonstrators
Authors: Capasso, Clemente; Veneri, Ottorino *; Assante, Dario
1. Istituto Motori - National Research Council of Italy, Via G. Marconi 4 - Naples, Italy
2. International Telematic University UNINETTUNO Roma, Italy
Abstract: In this paper a learning methodology is proposed to train professional figures, such as engineers and technicians, who want to improve their skills in the field of Internet of Energy. This methodology is based on laboratory facilities, which are configured to be remotely controlled, useful to organize specific courses for people working in the field of energy. This new concept of training is mainly focused on the basic concepts related to smart grids, renewable energy sources, electrochemical storage systems, electric vehicles. The proposed methodology aims to cover the lack of experimental knowledge and skills on new energy systems, to deal with new challenges related to growing global energy request and smart energy management in the new complex distributed configuration of the electric power systems, characterized by demand response services.

Title: Web of Things Platforms for distance learning scenarios in Computer Science disciplines: a practical approach
Authors: Pastor R.*, Tobarra Ll., Robles A., Hernández R., Cano J., López D.
Affiliation: Communications and Control Systems Department, Computer Science Faculty, Spanish National University for Distance Education (UNED)
Abstract: Problem based Learning is a widely used learning methodology in the field of technological disciplines, especially in distance education environments. In these environments, one of the most used tools which provide learning scenarios are remote and virtual laboratories. IoT (Internet of Things) devices can be used as remote or virtual laboratories. In addition, they can be organized / orchestrated to build remote access spaces through the Web. These types of space are called Web of Things. This article proposes the use of these types of spaces and their integration in practical activities in the curricula of subjects (technological). This approach will allow the achieving of two fundamental objectives: (1) To improve the academic results (grades) of students; (2) To improve engagement and interest of students on studied technologies (including Internet of things). These platforms are modeled using archetypes based on different typologies and usage scenarios. In particular, these usage scenarios will implement the learning strategy for each problem to be solved. The article shows the evolution of these archetypes and their application in the teaching of disciplines/subjects defined in computer science (cloud computing and cybersecurity).

Title: IoT Remote Lab: Raspberry + Arduino
Authors: Atilano Fernández-Pacheco Sánchez-Migallón
Abstract: Lately it is raising the importance that educational entities (Universities, Training in companies, etc) have available with remote labs. It is necessary that students have instrument whose give to them autonomy and flexibility. Furthermore those labs must be intensively used and with low OPEX. 
IoT has gone over from expectation since few years ago to a fact nowadays. Therefore it is vital would deploy labs where is possible to learn and train simple and real examples. 
In this paper will explain how to deploy a remote lab consisting of a Raspeberry PI and Arduino boards with internet connection. Raspberry will be the server where will host the logic of lab and Arduino boards acting as sensors. It will define lab architecture, connections among different system and the characteristics required of lab so that can be categorized as a genuine example of IoT. Lastly, it will show a small example with Arduino boards simulating sensors who sending data.



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