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TC103: Tech Tools and Skills for Emergency Management

May 18, 2015 - June 12, 2015


Facilitated by Timo Luege

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Course Description

This four-week online professional development certificate course will explore how new communication and mapping technologies are being used to respond to disasters, create early warning mechanisms, improve relief coordination efforts and much more. From the ongoing Ebola crisis to the recent Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and recovery efforts in Haiti, this course will examine a variety of real world examples from organizations working in the field and analyze some of the key challenges related to access, implementation, scale, and verification that working with new technology presents. The course is designed to assist professionals in developing concrete strategies and technological skills to work amid this rapidly evolving landscape.

The course is designed to be highly interactive and social, but we also work hard to ensure that the majority of the content can be experienced in a self-paced manner. Participants have plenty of options to explore content that is most relevant to them through live content and interactions, readings, and videos. For a more detailed syllabus, please click here.


Course Topics and Featured Tech

  • Social Media for Crisis Response
  • Mapping the Crisis: New Techniques for Disaster Response and Preparedness
  • Mobile Response: How Mobile Technology is Changing Disaster Response
  • Looking Ahead: Where New Technologies are Taking Us
  • Featured Technologies: Twitter, Facebook, Tomnod, OpenStreetMap, OSM Tasking Manager, Ushahidi, Kobol Toolbox, TextIt, Crisis Cleanup, FieldPapers, FrontlineSMS, and more!

Course Methodology

The course is delivered entirely online and requires a minimum commitment of 5-7 hours per week. The coursework can be done in your own time but we will feature one or two real-time interactions each week, such as live discussions and live expert interviews online. These live events will also be recorded and archived for you to watch later.

Participants can also access all course content for at least 4 months after course completion so the material can be completed and revisited later.


Course Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • Critically analyze both the opportunities and the pitfalls that emerge when working with technology to respond to crises
  • Connect relevant development and humanitarian approaches to the technological strategies and tools discussed in the course
  • Manage specific software platforms and utilize various technological tools for responding to and managing crisis
  • Design dynamic and effective strategies for using technology platforms and tools to respond to challenges in the field
  • Develop confidence and critical self-awareness in working with social media, maps, and mobile technologies

Guest Experts

Dale Kunce
American Red Cross
Aaron Titus
Crisis Cleanup
Martin Noblecourt
Nic Pottier
Patrice Cloutier
Government of Ontario

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


  • $395 if application and payment is submitted by April, 2015
  • $445 if application and payment is submitted by start of course
  • Group discount rates available. For more details, please contact us at info [at]
  • If you are not happy with your course experience for any reason, TechChange is happy to offer you a full refund.
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