Learn Something New in 2013 – Take an Online Course with TechChange!

Dear PCDN Community,
Happy 2013! On behalf of TechChange, Its been a pleasure to work with you all throughout the past year and have so many of you involved in our courses. 
We’ll be offering our four week online certificate course on Tech for Emergency Management  starting Jan 21st and still have some spots left. The full course description is included below. Hope some of you decide to join us. Use the discount code: “#PCDN” and get 100 dollars off registration price.  (Apply here).
We’ve spent the past month updating the content but we’re still looking for a few additional and recent lessons learned and case studies from across the crisismappers community. If you have any ideas for input, please do tweet @techchange or reply to this thread.  

TC103: Tech Tools and Skills for Emergency Management
Dates: Jan 21st- Feb 15th (Includes access to course content for 6 months)

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 coordination efforts and much more. From the earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti and Japan to the monitoring of election violence in countries like Kenya to the recent floods in the Philippines, 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 and Featured Tech:

– 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
– Featured Technologies: Ushahidi, FrontlineSMS, Open Street Map, Sahana, ArcGIS Online, Basic GIS and more!

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, humanitarian and peacebuilding theories 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 social challenges

$395 if you use the “PCDN” code in your application
$495 if application and payment is submitted by Jan 21st
For more information and to read testimonials from past participants visit: http://techchange.org/online-courses/tech-tools-and-skills-for-emer…

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