223.844.01 SPECIAL STUDIES AND RESEARCH: LAB SEMINAR IN MOBILE DATA COLLECTION
- Alain Labrique
- Bill Weiss
- Edward Bunker
Since mobile data collection (using tablets, smartphones, etc.) is becoming common practice in global health, particularly with the current interest in “mHealth,” this hands-on lab/workshop introduces students to a variety of common applications used for mobile data collection, for example: Magpi; TextIt; FrontlineSMS; etc. Students will configure, set-up, and use these tools, focusing on practical applications and identification and mediation of the technical and data management challenges related to their system. For a final project, students select an appropriate tool and develop a data collection interface and process. Working in teams, students test and refine their system. As an alternative, students may choose to develop and present an in-depth case study of a past Mobile Data Collection effort.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Compare and critique a variety of Mobile Data Collection tools;
Apply or evaluate Mobile Data Collection tools in real-world research or evaluation settings
Develop and analyze the feasibility and operational uses of digital data collection tools.
- Thursday 3:30 - 5:20
221.649.81 (eHealth/mHealth) and/or practical experiences with mobile technology are recommended, but not necessary.