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Brand New Self-paced Course: Introduction to Excel for Data Visualization

Excel offers an interface most people are familiar with, as well as a valuable set of features that can be utilized to meet a wide range of data analysis and visualization needs. In this course you will learn the nuts and bolts of how to use Excel functions and features including: INDEX MATCH, PivotTables, Slicers, and more. In addition, you will learn key data visualization principles that will help you optimize your data…


Added by TechChange on October 6, 2015 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Online Certificate Course in Technology for Data Visualization (Nov. 23 - Dec. 18)

Are you analyzing your data efficiently and displaying them effectively? Nearly all of us are responsible for producing reports for our colleagues, supervisors, and clients. Good data visualization is essential to analyzing your data quickly and with the greatest value.

The importance of data visualization has become apparent in the current ‘era of big data’ that we live in. Effectively visualizing data can lead to…


Added by TechChange on October 5, 2015 at 2:15pm — No Comments

NEW COURSE! TC211: Technology for Data Collection and Survey Design

How has technology changed the way data are collected and how surveys are deployed? Regardless of the organization, agency, or company you work for, you need to understand how to collect data to maximize its value.

Data collection is the building block of M&E work. The data collected determines the value of analysis and the impact that can be measured. Digital survey tools have added new elements to survey…


Added by TechChange on October 5, 2015 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Unsustainable Careers in Sustainable Development

Students passionate about building a better future are increasingly being asked to mortgage their own in return. Students share the growing burden of student debt across the country: The median level of indebtedness for a Master of Arts degree jumped from $38,000 in 2004 to $59,000 in 2012, after adjusting for inflation. But the ability to repay debts is not…


Added by TechChange on October 1, 2015 at 1:01pm — 1 Comment

Why the Digital Currency Innovation Matters to Global Development

Do you use digital currency? If you use a credit card, PayPal, or use a mobile money app to sell or buy things, then the answer is yes! There is a lot of innovation happening in the digital currency field right now and it is especially important for the global development sector. While it will be easier for more advanced financial institutions to adopt…


Added by TechChange on September 14, 2015 at 4:46pm — No Comments

What are the Tech for M&E Alumni Saying About Our Course

We are excited to start our fourth iteration of our most popular online course, Technology for Monitoring and Evaluation! We wanted to ask some of our alumni who have taken the course with us what they got from the course. Click…


Added by TechChange on September 8, 2015 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Digital Currencies in Development: A Conversation about Bitcoin’s Real-World Applications

Digital currencies, such as bitcoin, have the potential to transform the way we think about development. Though still new, global leaders are beginning to discover the power of bitcoin’s underlying technology, the blockchain, to revolutionize the way we:

  • Deliver humanitarian assistance and track foreign…

Added by TechChange on September 3, 2015 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Why Pedagogy Needs Diversity

Education is a powerful tool for diversity. From Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, which tells narratives marginalized from most American history curricula, to using teach-ins as a form of education as activism, education plays an important role in building empathy and understanding that can promote greater diversity. Read more…


Added by TechChange on September 2, 2015 at 3:36pm — No Comments

TechChange’s newest initiative: A Diploma Program in Technology for Monitoring and Evaluation

Over the past five years, we’ve been providing skills to over 6,000 alumni in more than 170 countries. During this time, we’ve been asked by both alumni and the organizations we work with: how can they get more? As a response to the crippling costs of graduate school tuition and the desire professionals have to get the hard skills they need to be successful, we’ve created this diploma program. Read more about the diploma…


Added by TechChange on September 2, 2015 at 7:49am — No Comments

Hospitality Employees Learn Life Skills Underwater

The International Youth Foundation collaborated with Hilton Worldwide to ensure industry and brand relevance and TechChange, a technology for development company, to build colorful and fun activities to bring the online learning experience to life. IYF has a long history of adapting PTS to meet industry and…


Added by TechChange on September 1, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Tech for M&E Diploma Program Kick-Off Party (August 19)

We recently launched a diploma program in Technology for Monitoring and Evaluation, and we are so excited to celebrate its launch with you! And what better way to celebrate than a launch party? Join us for a "pep rally" at Local 16 complete with TechChange swag, a yearbook themed photo booth, a raffle for a free TechChange courses, and more!…


Added by TechChange on August 14, 2015 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Reflections on Google’s Recent Report on Digital Security Practices

Google recently conducted a study comparing digital security practices between experts and non-experts. The study included over 500 surveys of security experts and non-experts and the results are a useful examination of how expertise or knowledge reflects in practice of navigating in the digital world. Read our reflections on the report…


Added by TechChange on August 5, 2015 at 2:27pm — No Comments

JULY 30: RSVP for our conversation with David Bray, Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission

Dr. Bray has served as the Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission, leading FCC’s IT Transformation since 2013. He was selected to serve as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and as a Visiting Associate for the Cybersecurity Working Group on Culture at the University of Oxford in 2014. He also has been named one of the “Fed 100” for 2015 and the “Most Social CIO” globally for 2015, tweeting as @fcc_cio.

He will be joining us in our monthly online…


Added by TechChange on July 28, 2015 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Why Public Health is a Geographic Issue

In the U.S. today, your zip code is a better predictor of your health profile than your genetic code. And in much of the developing world, where resources and infrastructure are limited, physical access to primary care can be the single most determining factor in the utilization of health services, and consequently, the health of a population. Therefore,…


Added by TechChange on July 20, 2015 at 5:04pm — No Comments

The Role of Maps in Making Cities Green

Green infrastructure hasn’t always been a priority in urban development. Now, more than ever, green spaces are an essential component of urban design to build healthy, livable cities, and urban planners have jumped onboard. They have…


Added by TechChange on July 15, 2015 at 1:31pm — No Comments

What You Need to Know About the Hacking Team Breach

While many people were watching the final match of the Women’s World Cup last week, the Hacking Team was hacked. Hacking Team, an Italian digital security company, provided surveillance software to law enforcement agencies. Their clients are government agencies, but they have been accused of selling to oppressive regimes, despite embargoes like the Wassenaar Arrangement. Last…


Added by TechChange on July 13, 2015 at 5:34pm — No Comments

TechChange Introduces Collaborative Syllabus Building

This is the second post in our Digital Pedagogy series, where we will share how we are trying to make online social learning even better with new learning activities. Check out the previous post here.

With all of our courses, we…


Added by TechChange on July 7, 2015 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Improving mental health through urban design: There’s an app for that

What does urban design have to do with mental health? By 2050, at least two-thirds of the global population will live in cities, which means urban public health is fast becoming a priority. Policymakers, architects, designers, urban planners and others are starting to think seriously about how to design our cities in ways that reduce health issues like obesity or…


Added by TechChange on July 6, 2015 at 4:24pm — No Comments

What You Need To Know About Knowledge Management

In today’s knowledge-driven economy, 25 to 45 percent of the workforce is made up of people who work with knowledge and information. The knowledge economy depends on our ability to rapidly analyze, recombine and add to existing information. KM helps make sure that we don’t waste time digging up existing knowledge, which can decrease organizational efficiency by more than 12%.…


Added by TechChange on June 16, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How can Artificial Intelligence Support Disaster Response

While reading Patrick Meier’s book, Digital Humanitarians, I realized that I had missed out on a wide range of advances in the field of machine learning, some of which also fall under “artificial intelligence”, which can…


Added by TechChange on June 9, 2015 at 5:02pm — No Comments

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