With a plethora of interconnected devices, Internet of things (IoT) technologies offer an exciting area for information systems researchers; however, with these opportunities comes the need to effectively educate information systems professionals in this area. Research suggests that enactive mastery provides the greatest educational improvement to individual self-efficacy, yet not all enactive experiences are the same. Given the hardware-based tie of many IoT devices, the question becomes how these hands-on experiences can be replicated given the increasing nature of online education. This research provides a first step towards this understanding. Through the use of home automation IoT technology, we experimentally evaluate hands-on instruction in IoT in online versus traditional face-to-face environments. Our goal is to provide educators better understanding of the types of experiences that facilitate the most optimal IoT educational environment for learners.