In march we took part at the master ICT4D crash course, activated by NGO 2.0. During the master we saw students attending at the lessons, learning and working in groups. We have already talked about the crash course in this previous article. Now we want to talk with students to collect impressions, and experiences.
We couldn’t talk with each students, so we interviewed Tommaso and Giulia. Tommaso has already joined the cooperation world, while Giulia is a new entry, because of her recent graduation.
Why did you choose that master?
The master has a flexible formula, and responds to student-worker’s needs. As Tommaso have said the master is fully compatible with workers, who need to attend at the lesson and work.
One of the most important thing when you choose a master is the clarity of objectives. NGO 2.0 has activated the master creating a clear idea of the class goals and aims. Actually the master is a good match between social good an ICT.
Another key point is represented by the teacher. When Tommaso wanted to seek more information, he asked to a teacher.
“The lecturer of the master was very nice and friendly. He answered to my questions and helped me to contact NGO 2.0 to join the master class.”
When you work or when you have just finished university, you need to expand your knowledge. Master is what you need.
However time is of the essence and you can’t waste it. The online lecture are a great compromise. Unlike MOC where you attend to recorded lessons, here you can interact, ask questions and work in groups.
As underlined by Tommaso, you can follow everywhere even if you are working abroad. You just need an internet access and a laptop. NGO 2.0 want to promote a smart use of ICT for Social Good, introducing a tech oriented approach.
Anyway NGO 2.0 has dedicated a week for an offline meeting, due to allow the students to meet each other.
Although teacher are very important, they are the structure of a class. To understand how much is important we asked to Giulia what did she expect from the teacher of the master.
“Is very important to be prepared. ICTs are a very complex field, so you need to be up-to-date indeed. When you have to interact through a monitor is easy to bore the audience. However our expectations have been satisfied. Our teacher are well prepared, they use innovative methods to engage students. The Platform we use is a key tool that allow us to work in groups even if we are online”
The master is about the usage of ICTs for social good. The main topic is the implementation of technologies in that field that seems to lack of technological innovation. Tommaso and Giulia reported they have really appreciate the way NGO 2.0 has blended Social Good with ICTs.
“nowadays social good needs a kick to jump in the future. This Master is on the right way to pick up the digital transformation and carry the international cooperation in the future.”
What about the future
Is very important to understand where students want to go after the master. So we asked to Tommaso and Giulia about their future career.
Giulia has talked about the certification and apossible diplomatic career.
“A good master needs a certification recognized by the University. The prestige of the university of Turin is a great guarantee. It is also useful for signaling, and UN career indeed.”
“I like my job and I think I will remain in that field. Thanks to this master I’ve learned to implement ICTs in social good and it is very important for me and my education” said Tommaso before leaving.