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[liberationtech] Upcoming Online Course in Tech for Emergency Management

Robert Munro robert.munro at
Fri Aug 24 10:29:37 PDT 2012

I helped launch the 'Crisis Informatics and Analytics' course within
Tulane's disaster leadership MA program earlier this year ( and was the instructor for the community
engagement, crowdsourcing, and security classes.

I'm happy to share some of the materials I created if you would like to


On 23 August 2012 15:06, TJ Thomander <tj at> wrote:

> Hi LiberationTech Folks,
> I wanted to pass along some info about TechChange's upcoming course Tech
> Tools and Skills for Emergency Management<> (course
> description included below). The course will run from September 3rd -
> 28th. We've already got an amazing line-up of guest experts and
> participants and we have a few more spots left. Feel free to circulate to
> your colleagues.
> Cheers and hope you have a great weekend.
> TJ
> ***
> *TC103: Tech Tools and Skills for Emergency Management<>
> *
> September 3rd - September 28th
> *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,
> 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
> *Guest Experts*
>    - John Etherton, Co-Founder, iLab Liberia
>    - Neil Laslett, Senior Officer, Technical Innovation, American Red
>    Cross
> *Cost*
>    - $495 if application and payment is submitted before August 28
>    - $595 if application and payment is submitted before September 3
> Apply Now <>
> --
> TJ Thomander
> Director of Communications | TechChange
> TJ at | 650.814.9287
> Tw: @TechChange | @thomandini
> Sk: tthomander
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