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Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training

Internet of Things (IoT): Education and Technology

This report details findings of the Curtin University Teaching Innovation funded project Internet of Things (IoT) Education: Implications for Students with Disabilities. This project aimed to provide insight into both the potential risks and benefits of the IoT for tertiary students with disabilities, particularly in the current university climate where this cohort utilise mobile devices as a key resource in their learning. Our key objectives included to:

  • Assess the educational benefits of current and emerging IoT products;
  • Assess the benefits and risks of IoT within a single-interface, app-based interface and whole-of-ecosystem IoT classroom solution by competing providers;
  • Determine the relevance and implications of IoT as it relates to the educational needs of people with disabilities;
  • Undertake interviews with currently enrolled students with disabilities to identify the practical needs of this cohort in an educational context; and 
  • Provide recommendations and strategic guidance on appropriate IoT solutions with policy recommendations for Curtin University, the tertiary education sector and industry.