The Internet of Things: Realizing Potential Applications and Challenges in Higher Education

Keywords: IoT, Internet, Higher Education, Challenges, Applications


The Internet of Things (IoT) is a new system designed to increase connectivity between computer systems and is rapidly making its way into classrooms and higher institutions in ways never before imagined. By modifying how higher institutions gather data, interface with students and automate processes, the IoT has the potential of revolutionizing education Colleges and universities may offer opportunities to magnify content delivery, augment learner and faculty interaction when IoT devices are utilized. Massive open online courses, online software application and education applications make students co-creators and active individuals in acquiring their knowledge and experience. However, many challenges come along with the use internet: Malware, Distributed Denial of Service, data storage, data security and privacy, decentralized network management, connectivity. This paper offers suggestions to overcome these challenges address future threats to IoT.


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Author Biographies

Arumugam Raman, Universiti Utara Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arumugam Raman is a faculty member in the school of Education and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences at Universiti Utara Malaysia. His research interests include Educational Technology, Instructional Technology, Computers in Education, Educational Research Methodology, Technology and ICT, Statistics for Educational Research and Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling (PLS-SEM). He had engaged in many research projects and had received five grants including university, national (FRGS, RAGS) and college (Leads). The researcher is better known as an Educational Technologist and currently teaching ICT in Education, Research Methods and Statistics in Education. Besides, he has written International articles and books which have been published in national and international levels. He is a member of few Editorial boards for International Journals such as Journal of International Education Studies, International Journal of Education and Development using ICT, and Journal of Studies in Education. Furthermore, he is also a member of professional bodies namely International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Internet society (ISOC), and Qualitative Research Association of Malaysia.

Raamani Thannimalai, Ministry of Education, Malaysia

Head of Science and Mathematics Department 

Sustainable Future and Technology Development