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RDOL101: Appropriate Technology for the Developing World - Online

Are you interested in international development, humanitarian work, or helping others with renewable energy projects internationally?  If you answered yes- this course is for you! The first part of this course surveys technologies that aim to improve people’s access to basic human needs: water and sanitation, food processing and cooking technologies, biomass, rural electrification, and appropriate building techniques.  The second part of the course focuses on project development and successful implementation.  Throughout the course, the focus is on the community- their needs, how to guide decision makers to understand the benefits of different technologies, and how to learn from community members. Working with a community is essential to the success of an appropriate technology project.

what you will learn

Students who complete RDOL101 will be able to:

  • Describe current situation for people living around the world regarding access to water and sanitation, clean cooking technologies, electricity, and adequate housing
  • Define appropriate technology and provide examples of applications in the developing world
  • Define the participatory process and explain why it is instrumental in technology transfer projects
  • Describe how waterborne diseases effect rural populations in the developing world, and how they can be prevented
  • Explain the basic operating premise of a dry composting toilet
  • List at least (3) technologies and their applications for collecting water
  • List at least (3) technologies and their applications for pumping water
  • Define the difference between water filtration and purification technologies
  • Explain how wood or biomass cook stoves can be improved to reduce indoor air pollution
  • Describe how solar thermal technologies can be applied to cooking, drying, and water heating
  • Describe how electrification projects can benefit healthcare facilities, schools, homes and microenterprises
  • Explain the basic components for photovoltaic (PV), wind, and micro-hydro systems
  • Describe how electrification projects using these technologies can be scaled up or down for various applications
  • Explain the pros, cons, and differences between a community micro-grid and small individual isolated systems
  • List the three main ways of producing energy from biomass
  • Describe how current biomass practices can be improved to be used as a healthier efficient energy source for heating, cooking, lighting, fueling engines, and improving sanitation conditions in a community
  • Explain how quality, comfortable homes can be constructed with limited resources and the use of natural, local materials readily found in rural communities around the world
  • Assess a site for locally available natural building materials that can be utilized to provide safe, adequate shelter
  • Identify what to look for in a partner for an international development project
  • Name three things to look for in a community
  • Describe participatory appraisal
  • Review the role of NGOs
  • Depict what makes a technology appropriate
  • Describe some possible negative consequences of bringing technology to a community
  • Describe the difference between project funding and end-user financing
  • List three ways to finance a project
  • List three ways that an end user can finance a system
  • Explain how pay as you go financing works
  • Justify the common principles to create a successful international development project
  • Describe why gender equality is important to consider for a project
  • What key factors should you evaluate when choosing equipment for a system
  • Develop an outline for a capacity building program
  • List 5 microenterprises that could be created to make a project sustainable
  • Define monitoring and evaluation (M&E)
  • Describe qualitative verses quantitative research
  • Review the methods for gathering data
  • Create a basic M&E framework
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Contact Training Hours (shown on Record of Completion): 60 hours

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course snapshot

  • Online
    • April 05 2021 - May 16 2021
    • September 20 2021 - October 31 2021
  • 6 Wks/60 Hrs
  • 12-14 hours/week

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