I have been asked to facilitate the upcoming online TechChange Course, “Tech Tools and Skills for Emergency Management” (17 March – 11 April). I took this course myself two years ago, really enjoyed it and have now been invited to come back and lead it.
If you are interested in how technology such as social media, mobile phones and different mapping platforms can be used to improve disaster response and emergency management and disaster preparedness then this is the course for you. I have a number of guest speakers who have recently been with me in the Philippines and I think discussing how the field has moved on from Haiti and what has and hasn’t worked now will make for interesting discussions and lessons learned. As you know, I am excited about technology, but also realistic about what works in the field.
I think online training has great potential, but I haven’t seen many platforms that do it well. I found that the TechChange platform (based on WordPress, which you won’t believe when you see it) manages to create the right mixture between a classroom feeling while also allowing you to study remotely and at your leisure.
You can find out more about the course and see the draft syllabus on the TechChange website.
Please note that you can save 50 USD by signing up before 7 March.
I hope to see you at the course!