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Offer: Online Certificate Course in Leveraging Mobile Phones for International Development

Mobiles for International Development: New Platforms for Public Health, Finance and Education

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 social challenges. This three-week online professional development certificate course will explore successful applications that facilitate economic transactions, 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 and practical learning environment with a number of real-world examples and case studies.

Course Topics:

- Banking the Unbanked: the Promise of Mobile Money Systems
- Mobile Diagnostics and other Tools for Public Health Delivery
- New Approaches to Monitoring, Evaluation and Data Management
- Many to Many Communication the Integration of Mobiles and Radio
- Mobile Learning: Best Practices for Education on the Move


- MPesa (Mobile Money Transfer Platform)
- RapidSMS/Souktel (Mass Texting Software Interface)
- Sana Mobile (Mobile Diagnostics Platform)
- Medic Mobile
- TxtEagle
- FreedomFone

Dates: The course will run for three weeks from October 16th through November 4th, 2011.

Teaching Method/Class Format: The entire course is delivered online. Participants can expect a dynamic and interactive learning environment. The course will consist of the three units involving a variety of innovative online teaching approaches, including presentations, discussions, case studies, group exercises, simulations and will make extensive use of multimedia.

Course Facilitator: TechChange staff, advisory board members and a number of guest experts will all be heavily involved in the design and facilitation of the course. The lead facilitator for the course will be Nick Martin. Nick is an educator, technologist, and social entrepreneur with significant international peacebuilding and development expertise. He is an adjunct faculty member at American University, George Mason University, George Washington University and the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE), and has given a number of guest lectures and speeches on the role of technology in peacebuilding, development and humanitarian work. Contact Nick at nick [at]

Learning Outcomes:

- 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 fiance sectors
- Participants will be able connect relevant development, humanitarian and peacebuilding theories to the mobile technological strategies and tools discussed in the course
- Participants will be able to manage specific mobile platforms and utilize various mobile technological tools for responding to social problems
- Participants will be able to design dynamic and effective strategies for using mobile technology platforms and tools to respond to social challenges in fields of education, health and finance
- Participants will be able to work collaboratively with others using new tools by participating in dynamic group exercises and simulations
- Participants will develop confidence and critical self-awareness in working with mobile technology to address social problems

Cost: $350 ($250 if you apply before June 1st)

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