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Offer: Online Course: Tech Tools and Skills for Emergency Management

Tech Tools and Skills for Emergency Management

This three-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 coordination efforts and much more. From the earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti and Japan to the monitoring of election violence in countries like Kenya this course will consider 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.

Course Topics

Mapping the Crisis: New Techniques for Disaster Response and Preparedness
Human Rights Violations and Elections Monitoring
The Power of the Crowd: Citizen Journalism in the era of Crowdsourcing
Information Overload: Verification, Analysis, and Decision Making in Real-Time.

Technical Skills: Participants will learn how to utilize the following platforms and technologies:

Ushahidi
Quantum GIS
FrontlineSMS
Open Street Map
Managing News

Guest Experts:

Robert Soden, Open Street Map
Salim Sawaya, ESRI
Christina Goodness, United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UN DPKO)

Date: September 5th -23rd. The course is offered over a three-week period.

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/strong>: 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] techchange.org.

Course Objectives: The course is designed for working professionals to assist them in understanding the roles of technology in responding to crises. Participants should have interest in the role that technology plays in the peacebuilding, development and humanitarian arenas. No specific technological skills are required for the course.

Participants will be able to critically analyze both the opportunities and the pitfalls that emerge when working with technology to respond to crises
Participants will be able connect relevant development, humanitarian and peacebuilding theories to the technological strategies and tools discussed in the course
Participants will be able to manage specific software platforms and utilize various technological tools for responding to and managing crisis
Participants will be able to design dynamic and effective strategies for using technology platforms and tools to respond to social challenges
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 technology to address social problems

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

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