TC301: Artificial Intelligence for International Development

This four-week online certificate course will cover the basics of artificial intelligence from natural language processing and object differentiation, to comparative facial recognition and more. It will draw from a variety of case studies, particularly in financial services, education, and healthcare. It will attempt to cut through hype, evaluate real-world value and build basic skills on the topic. 

Course Description

In the coming years artificial intelligence (AI), the capability of machines to imitate intelligent human behavior, is poised to transform many industries and means of doing business from transportation to healthcare and finance. But what about international development? How will this revolution impact public health, agricultural extension work, humanitarian disaster response, educational delivery, and more? Does AI have potential to improve the way the aid is carried out? Or are we a long way from having meaningful support and engagement from chatbots, robots, smart sensors and the like?

This four-week online certificate course will cover the basics of artificial intelligence from natural language processing and object differentiation, to comparative facial recognition and more. It will draw from a variety of case studies, particularly in financial services, education, and healthcare. It will attempt to cut through hype, evaluate real-world value and build basic skills on the topic. 

The course will also explore challenges to adoption that exist around automation, hype cycles, ethical concerns, security, sustainability, and more. We will also explore machine learning, a narrower subset of AI that focuses on data analysis and building algorithms that reduce the need for human intervention.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • critically analyze both the opportunities and the pitfalls that emerge when working with artificial intelligence technology to improve international development outcomes
  • connect relevant development theories to the technological strategies and tools discussed in the course
  • manage specific artificial intelligence software platforms and tools
  • design dynamic and effective strategies for using artificial intelligence tools and platforms to improve international development efforts
  • become more confident using artificial intelligence technology to address international development

Course Methodology

  • This course is delivered entirely online over a period of four weeks.
  • This course features several live interactive expert presentations each week with leading practitioners, software developers, and academics.
  • Every live event is recorded and archived for you to watch later.
  • This course also features a unique hands-on learning environment with animated videos, technology demos, practical activities, networking events, office hours, participant presentations, immersive simulations, and more.
  • TechChange recommends budgeting a minimum commitment of 5-7 hours per week and scheduling time for the course around your existing obligations.
  • Participants will have access to all course content for at least 4 months after course completion so the material can be completed and revisited later.

Price

  • $395 if application and payment is submitted by February 23rd, 2018
  • $445 if application and payment is submitted by March 23rd, 2018
  • $495 if application and payment is submitted by course start date

Group discount rates available. For more details, please contact us at social [at] techchange.org. If you are not happy with your course experience for any reason, TechChange is happy to discuss refunds.

Next Session

Apr 23, 2018 - May 18, 2018