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Online Course in Tech Tools & Skills for Emergency Management

Online Course in Tech Tools and Skills for Emergency Management: Early Registration Deadline This Thursday (Dec 8th)

I wanted to share a final reminder to for those who might be interested in taking the TechChange four week online certificate course on Tech Tools and Skills for Emergency Management in january with TechChange (http://techchange.org). Feel free to share with your networks and colleagues. Early registration deadline is this thursday (Dec 8th). See course description below for more information or apply here: http://techchange.org/application/

Tech Tools and Skills for Emergency Management

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 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:

Open Street Map
Basic GIS for Humanitarian and Crisis Response

Dates: January 9th - February 3rd. The course is offered over a four-week period.

Teaching Method/Class Format: The entire course is delivered entirely online. TechChange courses are designed to be flexible and self-paced with a handful of simultaneous activities. This is done so that participants can engage with course content at different times from different locations. Each course is its own dynamic, interactive and social learning ecosyststem. Activities and materials are designed to be innovative and incorporate a variety of online teaching approaches, including discussions, case studies, group exercises, and simulations.

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] 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

Time Commitment: The total time commitment is a minimum of 7-9 hours a week. The course is designed to be highly interactive and social, but we also work hard to ensure that the majority of content can experienced in a self-paced manner. We do feature real-time interactions each week such as live discussions, live expert interviews, and live simulations. In order to accommodate busy schedules of learners from around the world we've set up a learning environment where participants have plenty of options and can choose the ones they'd like to be involved with depending on their availability and interest. Participants can also access all course content up to three months after course completion so if you get pulled away at the last minute for part of the course you can still revisit the material afterwards.

Cost: $495 if you register by December 8th (full price: $595)

Apply today: http://techchange.org/application/

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