Free Online Course on Technology Evaluation for Global Development

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering free online course on Technology Evaluation for Global Development. This course, developed by MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) will explore the fundamentals of technology evaluation for global development.

In this six-week course, applicants will learn how to evaluate technologies within a global development context from the perspective of suitability, scalability and sustainability. This course will start on June 1, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 10-12 hours pw
Subject: Social Sciences
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on June 1, 2017

Providers’ Details

Massachusetts Institute of Technology — a coeducational, privately endowed research university founded in 1861 — is dedicated to advancing knowledge and educating students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

About This Course

When a person lives on less than $2 a day — as some 2.7 billion people around the world do — there isn’t room for a product like a solar lantern or a water filter to fail. Investment in failing products undermines future innovation by reducing confidence and depleting scarce resources.

Why Take This Course?

This course, developed by MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) will explore the fundamentals of technology evaluation for global development. It includes a deep dive into CITE’s 3S methodology, looking at products from three angles:

  • Suitability—does a product perform its intended purpose?
  • Scalability—can the supply chain effectively reach consumers?
  • Sustainability—is it a product that can be used correctly, consistently, and continuously over time?

Learning Outcomes

  • Week one: History of appropriate technology, the rise of technology use in global development Week two: History of evaluation, different styles of modern evaluation, and the definition of evaluation; how to conduct desk- and field-based scoping studies, and what a scoping study can teach you
  • Week three: Methodology, research design, and applications for product suitability
  • Week four: Methodology, research design, and applications for product scalability
  • Week five: Methodology, research design, and applications for product sustainability
  • Week six: How to complete an evaluation and summarize results for presentation to various audiences, how to generalize results, and alternative approaches to evaluation

Instructors

Bishwapriya Sanyal

CITE Principal Investigator
Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning and Director of the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies
MIT

Daniel Frey

CITE Suitability Lead
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems
MIT

Jennifer Green

CITE Sustainability Lead
Research Scientist in the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center at MIT
MIT

Jarrod Goentzel

CITE Scalability Lead
Founder & Director, MIT Humanitarian Response Lab, CTL
MIT

Kendra Leith
CITE Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
Research & Evaluation Manager at MIT D-Lab
MIT

Requirements

None

How To Join This Course

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