ICT4D in the Field

2019-2020
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Doel vak

The objectives of this course are:

(1) To make the next generation of information and computing scientists
aware of the potential role of ICTs for the developing and emerging
world, however (in contrast to a one-size-fits-all-approach) with a
strong appreciation for the highly diverse and complex contexts, social-
cultural factors and human needs that must be addressed. (Making
Judgements) (Lifelong learning skills)

(2) To equip students with relevant field research and development
methods and skills for ICTs in a rural community/developing region.
(Applying knowledge and understanding) (Lifelong learning skills)

(3) To acquire and reflect on the experience of carrying out a full
cycle of a real-world software development project in the field,
learning to be able to deal with unfamiliar and complex contexts, and to
engage with real users with their own specific problems, needs and
goals. (Communication) (Making judgements) (Lifelong learning skills)

Inhoud vak

ICT4D addresses problems of and solutions for the "unconnected people in
the world". Currently, this is about 47 % of the world's population, the
majority of whom live in poor, remote, often rural, regions of the
world. The ICT4D in the Field course has a Community Service Learning
character, and gives students the opportunity to carry out and learn
from a field-based ICT development, implementation and deployment
project in and with a local rural community.

ICT4D in the Field offers master students a unique experience abroad, as
it takes place on location in Malaysia, involves close collaboration
with local rural and often poor communities, and aims for a full cycle
of design, development and deployment/roll-out in the field of an ICT
project, information system or service that is demonstrably valuable for
local communities.

Accordingly, the main body of this course involves 2-3 weeks of field
work in a local ("kampung") community in Sarawak, Malaysia, related to
an ICT development project on a specific use case, and aiming for a
real-world implementation, roll-out and test.


As a preparation to the field work, there is a first week of
introductory lectures and assignments,
in which a number of important topics are treated, including (i) use
case, context and requirements elicitation and analysis; (ii) conceptual
modelling of information systems; (iii) selected technical aspects of
ICT4D projects; (iv) value modelling and economic sustainability
analysis; (v) guidelines and protocols for working with local
communities.

In the last week, a final plenary conference will be held, in which all
course participants present, share and discuss their ICT4D in the Field
project results and experiences.

The course will be taught and supervised jointly by academic staff from
the VU Informatics Department and academic staff from the Faculty of
Computer Science and Information Technology of UNIMAS.

Onderwijsvorm

Lectures, field study and implementation, community service learning,
group project work on location; 40 hours per week; presence and active
participation are required.

Assessment:
Assignments (25%), presentations (20%), final project documentation and
reporting (40%), student active participation and a reflection report
(15%).

Toetsvorm

This course is mostly based on team work (in scrum teams). The grading
will therefore also be mostly based on group work. However, a personal
reflection of each member of the group is required, about his/her role,
about the collaboration and his/her achievements.
We will evaluate (grade) your work based on four types of deliverables:
• A working system, tested and validated by real users, documented
and available as Open Source (group work); 45% of the final grade
• A complete report of your work (see below which items this must
contain); 40% of the final grade.
• A group presentation/pitch during the end conference. 10 % of
the final grade
• A personal reflection about the course and your own role, and
what you learned from it (2-3 pages).
The report must contain all of the following :
– Context description;
– High level system design and user scenario;
–A justification of the project (short);
–Interviews typed out (not necessarily literal), containing relevant
info (e.g. all user and business requirements, key points, important
details etc.);
–A use case & analysis report according to the "structured narrative
format" including a stakeholder analysis, a system architecture,
information concepts (activity diagram, class diagram, user interaction
diagram, deployment diagram), summary of requirements in MoSCoW terms;
fidelity.
–A sustainable value model/multiple scenarios using e3 value
(quantitative assessment of sustainability);
–Report of user tests (preferably two cycles);
–A reflection of the (iterative) process, and user interactions with
the group (how were the interviews);
– A discussion section on the outcomes and what aspects of the project
need further research

Vereiste voorkennis

ICT4D in the Field is an elective master course of 6 ECTS, open for VU
master students of Information Sciences, Computer Science and Artificial
Intelligence.

Having followed the ICT4D-1 course X_405101 is strongly recommended (or
demonstrable knowledge equivalent to it); (2) A motivation letter and
interview is required. Due to logistics, visa and accomodation in
Sarawak, enrolment to this course is required before January 31, 2019.

ICT4D in the Field offers master students a unique experience abroad, as
it takes place on location in Malaysia, involves close collaboration
with local rural and often poor communities, and aims for a full cycle
of design, development and deployment/roll-out in the field of an ICT
project, information system or service that is demonstrably valuable for
local communities.

This course is a follow-on course related to the existing course ICT4D
(X_405101). The latter will include various possibilities for studying
the community use cases and their implementation in Malaysia, so that
students are well prepared for the field work to be done in the ICT4D-2
course.

The first edition of this course will take place in June 2018 in
Malaysia. It will be partially sponsored by the VU, in the context of
the CvB program for societally important research and education
("Community Service Learning", networked "Structured Mobility", and
"Bruto Academische Waarde").
For the participating students, the course will be very affordable as VU
will keep total costs down for travel to and stay in Sarawak through a
grant, but an own contribution of EUR 500 is to be expected. Students
will be accommodated at walking distance from the university campus in
Kuching, Sarawak for a period of 4 weeks in June 2019.

Literatuur

Necessary materials will be provided via CANVAS; see also the ICT4D-1
literature (course X_405101)

Doelgroep

MSc Information Sciences
MSc Artificial Intelligence
MSc Computer Science
MSc Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

This is a course for which VU provides a grant to follow a course abroad. Therefore a selection procedure which includes a motivation letter and an interview are required. Due to logistics, visa and accommodation abroad, enrolment to this course is required before January 31, 2019 by sending an e-mail to the course coordinator.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode XM_0008
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P6
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator drs. A. Bon
Examinator drs. A. Bon
Docenten dr. J. Gordijn
drs. A. Bon

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