course review – Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities

Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities is yet another awesome course from Lund University. The course is available on Coursera. It’s the second course I took from Lund University, after Greening the Economy: Lessons from Scandinavia.

The course explores the influence cities can have on greening the economy. It covers subjects like urban transformation, infrastructure, experiments and living labs taking place in various cities and urban lifestyles and how individual choices can be influenced by local infrastructure.

I loved that they included not only course lectures, but also videos from different conferences and presentations of various projects. The examples are made by some of the key players in the smart cities world, like UN-Habitat and WWF and show some activities that promote sustainable cities in Scandinavia and around the world. This way they present not only a theoretical part, but also some practical examples in the field 🙂

The course also recommends some short readings that offer an insight on the latest studies on smart cities.

The course takes 5 weeks to finish, with around 5 hours per week for videos, readings and assignments.

What did you think of the course? 

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Online courses about smart cities

I think it’s about time to revive this blog 🙂 Hopefully I’ll start posting more regularly from now on.

I’ll start with my new interest, smart cities 🙂 What is a smart city? In short, it’s a city in which various information and communication technology and Internet of Things solutions were implemented in order to improve the quality of life. It has a wide range of applications: from real-time air quality monitoring to apps for city officials to interact directly with the community, to traffic management and loads of others.

I’ve recently become interested in the field and started learning more and more about it online. Apart for cool app ideas, I’ve also looked into online courses in order to get a strong background in the subject.

So, inspired by the structure of The Dual Master’s in Sustainable Smart Cities from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Staffordshire University, I looked for free online courses and came up with the following list.

The list is available on GitHub. Star

I’ll keep adding to it as I find new online resources. And also use it to track my progress. 🙂

Do you know any good smart cities books, online classes or other useful resources?

What to learn?

What should I learn next? That’s a good question… As a software developer you always have new things to learn, a new computer language, a new technology, algorithm, framework…so many. How do you choose between these?

One more problem is…should you learn something new or just improve something you already know? You might find new ideas, new ways of solving the same problems, even better ways. So what to learn?

I, for one, have lots of lists, of new things I encounter and wish to learn more about, of things I want to improve from my current skills, of tutorials, classes, etc. And I’m slowly making my way through them 🙂

In the last months, a couple of sites where launched that offer free university level classes. They are Udacity and Coursera . I took some of the classes there and I must say they are a great way of learning something new or just freshening up your skills. The lectures are filled with quizzes to help you understand the course better and there are also some assignments which I really enjoyed doing 😀 They also keep adding new classes, so you should take a look and see if there’s anything that interests you 🙂 Also if you know of any other such sites, please let me know!

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