This is an interdisciplinary course which involves a broad set of fields, including engineering, social sciences, and management fields. The course is designed around the fundamental question of how information technologies can be designed, developed, and sustained to address the needs of development in societies, and needs of users of developing regions. The course will focus on Human Computer Interaction perspective of Information Technologies and how people and computers interact. The course aims at increasing students' understanding of technological and social aspects of the Information Technology for Development field as they relate to interaction of people, information, and technology. In particular, the course will consist of the following three sections:

The course will cover the Information Technology and Development issues across topics of education, healthcare, gender equity, and E-Governance


There are no required text for this course. There will be readings assigned for each class, most of which will be available online. I will provide the ones not available online through CourseWeb


OFFICE HOUR: By Appointment



1Aug 25, 2014Introduction and overviewIntroduction to course
Course logistics
Students' introduction
Technology and development: historical review
2Sep 1, 2014No class - labor day
3Sep 8, 2014Development theoriesTheories of human development
Economic growth and modernization
Development communication
4Sep 15, 2014Development in the network societyRole of electronic communication networks
Technological transformation in interaction
Informationalism, Globalization, and Networking
5Sep 22, 2014Digital divideUnderstanding people's non-use of ICT
Civic engagement
Information poverty
Social inclusion
6Sep 29, 2014Ethics of ICT4DEthical practics
Constructing consent form
Critiques of ICT4D
7Oct 6, 2014Design for allPrinciples of design for all
Understanding cultural and technical differences
Inclusion of all stakeholders
8Oct 13, 2014Midterm
9Oct 20, 2014Design processesIncentive mechanisms
Design of technical interventions
10Oct 27, 2014Monitoring and evaluation IMetrics for success
11Nov 3, 2014Monitoring and evaluation IISustainability
12Nov 10, 2014Open development
Peer production
ICT-enables open access
Open participation in development
13Nov 17, 2014Technologies ICapture of information
Storage of information
14Nov 24, 2014Technologies IIAccess and sharing of information
15Dec 8, 2014Final presentations


Academic Integrity: You are expected to be fully aware of your responsibility to maintain a high quality of integrity in all of your work. All work must be your own, unless collaboration is specifically and explicitly permitted as in the course group project. Any unauthorized collaboration or copying will at minimum result in no credit for the affected assignment and may be subject to further action under the University Guidelines for Academic Integrity. You are expected to have read and understood these Guidelines. A document discussing these guidelines was included in your orientation materials.

Attendance: Class attendance, while not mandatory, is required if you want to succeed in this course, especially since the course does not have any course book and it involves a lot of in-class discussions. If you have missed the lecture, make sure that you have a copy of the slides. All the lecture materials will be uploaded online. The class participation credit is engineered to encourage your attendance.

Late Submissions: Homework or projects submitted after due date will be accepted, but your objective grade will be scaled so that you lose 10% of the grade for every late day. I.e., if you will submit your work one week late, you will lose 70% of the grade.

Concerning Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and Disability Resources and Services, 216 William Pitt Union, (412) 648-7890/(412) 383-7355 (TTY), as early as possible in the term. DRS will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.

An important note on plagiarism: Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive no credit for the assignment on which the cheating occurred. Additional actions -- including assigning the student a failing grade in the class or referring the case for disciplinary action -- may be taken at the discretion of the instructors. You may incorporate excerpts from publications by other authors, but they must be clearly marked as quotations and properly attributed. You may obtain copy editing assistance, and you may discuss your ideas with others, but all substantive writing and ideas must be your own or else be explicitly attributed to another, using a citation sufficiently detailed for someone else to easily locate your source.