THE GOAL: ACQUIRE LONG-TERM CAPABILITIES IN DEALING WITH SOCIAL INNOVATION AND THE USE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES TO PROMOTE AND ENHANCE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The master is a predominantly online-based course and it employs the educational methodologies developed by ONG 2.0, namely live webinars (audio-video) and interactive web training (web-lab). There are several advantages in using such methodologies. Firstly, they allow participants to explore and practice the potential of distant-learning digital technologies,. Secondly, they drastically reduce the costs – usually bared by participants – related to in-person learning activities (such as travel and accommodation expenses, time for reaching the course venue, time and money spent to obtain visas, etc.), thus enabling virtually anyone around the world to participate in the course.
When we talk about online courses, we do not mean e-learning or recorded video-lessons, with no possibility for teacher-student interaction, but rather real-time and face-to-face meetings, with the opportunity for interaction between participants and lecturers in the online classroom.
Indeed, in our ‘digital classrooms’, through the webcam you can see the lecturer as well as the other participants, and they can see you. Moreover, participants can ask the lecturer or the whole group questions, by simply activating the microphone or by writing in the classroom chat.
Employing the latest technology concerning ‘digital classrooms’, lecturers will carry out real-time simulation exercises, individually and/or in group, that will be the core element of every module.
Finally, the course is equipped with an online private platform, that will serve as a private community where both lecturers and students can interact, ask questions, raise attention concerning a certain topics, get access to in depth-analyses and develop solid networks. It is important to notice that this space will not be shut down after the end of course, but will be kept active, since its aim is to create a community of practitioners that can connect and collaborate beyond the course.
Promoters, Partners and Sponsors
This Master originates from the fruitful collaboration between the University of Turin, ONG2.0 network and Consoft Sistemi Group, and was based of the long term online training course ICT Innovation for Development, carried out by ONG2.0 in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 within the Innovazione per lo Sviluppo Program. This experimental course had a tremendous success, with more than 430 applications from all over the world.
This first edition of Master ICT for Development and Social Good will be sponsored and partially financed within the Digital Transformation for Sustainable Development Programme, co-financed by Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo (AICS) and Compagnia di San Paolo. The Master is realized in collaboration with thirteen Italian NGOs, ACCRI, Amici dei Popoli, Aspem, CeLIM, CISV, COMI, COPE, COSPE, CVCS, CVM, LVIA, OSVIC, Progetto Mondo MLAL and it’s supported by a network that includes non-profit organisations, tech companies, Universities and Research Centers, such as Associazione Senegalesi Torino (AST), Coordinamento Comuni per la Pace (Cocopa), Consoft S.p.a, Fondazione Politecnico Milano, Opere Sociali Marelliane, School of Management – SAA, WeMake s.r.l.