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TC105: Mobiles for International Development

September 8, 2014 - October 3, 2014

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Facilitated by Christopher Neu

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Course Description

The mobile phone is rapidly bringing communication to the most remote areas of the world. NGOs, governments and companies alike are beginning to realize the potential of this ubiquitous tool to address a variety of global challenges. This four-week online professional development certificate course, which has been featured in the New York Times and Fast Company, will explore successful applications that facilitate economic transactions, transform agricultural processes, support public health campaigns and connect learners to educational content. It will also critically engage with issues of equity, privacy and access. Participants can expect a dynamic learning environment with a number of real-world case studies, custom animations and video tutorials, interactions with leading experts in the field and practical simulations to apply new skills and strategies. Want more information? Check out the syllabus here. Over 400 professionals from over 60 countries have taken it already: read a blog post review by a former participant here, and the success story of another alum who got a job after taking this course here.

Course Topics and Featured Tech

  • Mobile Platforms and Strategies to Collect, Manage, and Analyze Data (Magpi, OpenDataKit, FrontlineSMS)
  • Banking the Unbanked: the Promise of Mobile Money Systems and Looking Beyond M-PESA
  • mAgri: The Potential for Mobile Phones to Transform Agriculture (mFarm, Nokia Life Services)
  • mHealth: Mobile Tools for Diagnostics, Point of Care Support, Patient Adherence, and Other Public Health Purposes (D-Tree, Medic Mobile)
  • New Approaches to Mobile Surveys & Polling (formhub, GeoPoll)
  • Mobile Learning: Best Practices for Education on the Move

Course Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • critically analyze both the opportunities and the pitfalls that emerge when working with mobile technology to address social problems in public health, education, and finance sectors
  • connect relevant development, humanitarian and peacebuilding theories to the mobile technological strategies and tools discussed in the course
  • manage specific mobile platforms and utilize various mobile technological tools for responding to social problems
  • design dynamic and effective strategies for using mobile technology platforms and tools to respond to social challenges in fields of education, health and finance

Guest Experts

Kristen Roggemann
GSMA mWomen
Taylor Corbett
OpenEMIS
Brian Conley
Small World News
Linda Raftree
Kurante
Michael Baldasarro
Democracy International
Gabriel White
Small Surfaces
Arjen Swank
Text to Change

Platform Screenshots

Gain practical skills through exercises and simulations

Exchange with leading experts in the field in real time

Stay engaged with progress maps and points systems

Network and collaborate with professionals from dozens of countries

Cost

  • $395 if application and payment is submitted by August 1, 2014
  • $445 if application and payment is submitted by start of course
  • Group discount rates available. For more details, please contact us at info [at] techchange.org.
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