Chirs Coward on TASCHA

Please join us for the this Change this week as we continue to get to know more about the Change community here at UW. Chris Coward from the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) will be giving an overview of the awesome research going on at TASCHA.

What: Change at UW: TASCHA 

When: Tuesday, Nov 3 at 12pm

Where: The Allen Center, CSE 203

Abstract: The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School explores the design, use, and effects of information and communication technologies in communities facing social and economic challenges. In this talk, director Chris Coward will provide an introduction to the center and share some of its current work focused on three projects. First is information literacy for mobile-centric users, a collaboration with the Jackson School and partners in Myanmar that is developing curriculum for internet newcomers coming online via mobile phones. The second is a study of MOOCs based on fieldwork in South Africa, the Philippines and Colombia that seeks to understand barriers to uptake and recommend design improvements for MOOC providers. Lastly, is a preview of upcoming work on public library innovation.

Bio: Chris Coward is the co-founder, Principal Research Scientist, and Director of the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School. Under his leadership, TASCHA has grown in size and scope, encompassing research in over 50 countries. Chris specializes in designing research programs that improve policy and practice around the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and development, with a particular focus on public libraries.  Chris’s current interests include innovation, entrepreneurship and employability, digital inclusion, and impact evaluation and measurement. Chris holds a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in International Studies, both from the University of Washington